Did this teacher really steal a student’s World Cup Panini stickers?

A boy controls the ball as he trains on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. (Hassan Ammar/AP)

World Cup fever may not yet be epidemic in the United States, but in Colombia, the outbreak can no longer be contained. It’s making people do silly things, allegedly. The Colombian newspaper El Espectador reports a teacher near the city of Bucaramanga has been accused of confiscating a 13-year-old student’s collectors’ stickers, manufactured by the Kobe Bryant-endorsed company Panini, but then ended up keeping them. The student said he saw his teacher sticking them into a collection book in the teacher’s lounge.

The teacher, meanwhile, denies the allegations. El Espectador reports the teacher justified the confiscations by claiming the student’s stickers were distracting kids from their school work.

Colombian police are currently investigating.

The Panini sticker albums may not seem like a big deal, but they can be quite pricey to fill. A mathematician at Breaking Away Blog calculated the cost to album could be upwards of  $800.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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