Three suspected assailants on Friday morning reportedly invaded the home of former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.
According to reports from Italian sports media, Gazzetta dello Sport, the three armed suspects broke into the footballer’s home, forcing him to open his safe at gunpoint in front of his wife and two-year-old son.
The robbers made away with Rolex, jewelries and other valuable items.
The media outlet also claims Smalling’s wife , Sam called the police at 5 am who rushed to the scene of the crime to find the family distraught.
The Englishman was left out of the second leg Europa league quarter-final clash against Ajax due to a nagging knee discomfort for which he was recuperating at his villa in Rome.
While investigations are still on-going, AS Roma have declared their complete support for the defender and his family.
The Smallings live in the Appia Antica area, which is popular for its archaeological relics and numerous luxury villas in private gardens owned by celebrities.
Because these villas are somewhat isolated, security concerns have been on the rise recently.
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