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Robbers invade homes of PSG players, as they battled in match against Nantes

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French authorities are investigating a pair of alleged robberies at the homes of two footballers playing for France’s largest club, while they played in the country’s top-flight competition.

Thieves stole jewellery and watches from the house of Argentine international Di Maria in the western Paris suburbs, but “there was no violence” involved, sources told AFP on Monday, 15 March.

According to the police’s special anti-robbery squad, the player’s family was home at the time but didn’t come across the thieves, a source close to the case explained.

”They didn’t hear anything during the ransacking of a safe located upstairs in the home in Neuilly,” a police source added.

The value of stolen goods has yet to be assessed but is said to be less than 500,000 euros ($600,000).

Di Maria last week signed a one-year extension to his PSG contract until 2022. He was replaced an hour into the 2-1 loss to Nantes following a discussion between sporting director Leonardo and coach Mauricio Pochettino.

The family home of Brazil international Marquinhos was also robbed in the Paris region.

The player’s father and two sisters were home during the break-in. A police source said the father was struck in the ribs by the attackers but no injuries were sustained. Several bags containing valuables were stolen, the contents of which have yet to be determined.

The commotion off the field seemed to affect PSG’s players as Nantes dealt the French champions a seventh Ligue 1 defeat of the season.

“It’s not an excuse but there has been an unusual drop in energy, we spoke with the players but not about what happened in terms of football,” Pochettino said after the match.

“There are situations outside the game which must be considered.”

Di Maria previously admitted that an attempted robbery on his family’s home during his one year at Manchester United, in 2014-15, had left him keen to leave the Premier League club.

 

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  1. Sounds like they were hit by an Albanian gang. Albanian gangs were doing this to professional players in Spain a few years ago. They would follow the players’ social media to find when they were out of town, at a practice or game and then rob their homes, even if their wives and children were there.

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