Italy international Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and his partner were attacked and robbed at their home in Paris.
Police sources told French media that the couple were detained after being attacked by several people in an apartment in the capital’s central 8th district.
After that, you will have to take refuge in a nearby hotel.
Hotel staff sounded the alarm and the couple were taken to hospital.
“Following the events of one night at Mr Donnarumma’s home, we have opened an investigation into armed robbery and serious acts of violence by organized gangs,” a spokesman for the Paris public prosecutor’s office said on its website. The attackers stole up to €500,000 (about £430,000) worth of jewellery, watches and luxury leather goods, according to an unconfirmed report by news site Actu17.
The footballer suffered minor injuries, but his partner and model Alessia Elefante was unharmed, sources told Agence France-Presse.
“We are shocked by what happened, but we are fine in a terrifying situation,” his agent Gianluigi Donnarumma, 24, and his partner said in a statement. Both are supporting police investigations. ”
The prosecutor’s office said the French special police unit BRB, which deals with armed robbery and robbery, had launched an investigation. The goalkeeper joined Paris two years ago and was expected to join the Paris Saint-Germain squad late on Friday ahead of the club’s first friendly against Le Havre and a tour of Japan and South Korea.
He is not the first PSG footballer to be attacked by a gang, but most of the attacks so far have happened while the victim was out.
Last January, two men were jailed for robbing the home of Brazilian footballer Marquinhos in Yvelines, west of Paris, in March 2021.
Marquinhos was playing at the time of the incident, but his father was at home with his two teenage daughters. His father was hit in the face and ribs, but was otherwise unharmed. On the same day, there was a break-in at the home of Marquinhos’ team-mate Angel Di Maria. Other players such as Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Eric Choupo-Moting have also experienced intrusions while playing for PSG in the past.
There have also been cases of prominent footballers being attacked by gangs in England and Holland.
Last year, PSV footballer and striker Eran Zahabi was attacked at his Amsterdam home and his wife and children were detained. A few months later, his home was broken into again. England’s Raheem Sterling was forced out of the Qatar World Cup last December after his home in Surrey was broken into. In 2018, when he was living in Cheshire, he was already targeted by robbers.
PSG players’ homes burgled during match
The family home of Paris Saint-Germain player Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos was broken into while the French champions played Nantes on Sunday.
Argentina international midfielder Di Maria received word of the incident and was substituted in the 62nd minute of a 2-1 loss.
His family only found out when his home was broken into.
Brazilian defender Marquinhos said his parents’ home was also broken into, adding: “No one was hurt.”
The French anti-organized crime unit, the Brigades Against Bandits (BRB), has been tasked with investigating the incident at Di Maria’s home, the prosecutor’s office in Nanterre said. The home invasions of PSG striker Mauro Icardi and goalkeeper Sergio Rico were investigated earlier this year.
The Versailles public prosecutor becomes involved in the Marquinhos case.
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