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Benzema a victim of robbery at home during Real Madrid game

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Real Madrid’s France striker Karim Benzema was the victim of a robbery at his home while he was playing against Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, police said on Monday (Jan 24).

The police said the incident took place between 3pm and 7pm local time at the player’s empty home in the Madrid suburb of San Sebastian de los Reyes before Benzema and his family returned from Real’s 2-2 La Liga draw against Elche.

The police added that they were investigating whether the incident was connected with the February 2019 robbery Benzema suffered at his home during a match against Barcelona.

There was no information about the value of items stolen.

This was not the first such incident affecting players in Europe. In December, Manchester City and Benfica defenders Joao Cancelo and Nicolas Otamendi respectively were assaulted during robberies at their homes in England and Portugal.

In Spain, Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati have been victims of robberies at their homes during Barcelona games.

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-Reuters

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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