Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has said that he fears footballers are becoming targets for burglary after Jan Vertonghen’s family were with the victims of a home break-in last week.
The Daily Mail revealed that four men wearing balaclavas, who were carrying machetes and knives, forced their way into the property while his wife and two young children were inside.
The criminals are said to have demanded valuables and cash from Vertonghen’s terrified family and stole several items before leaving without harming anyone.
The incident occurred when the Belgian international was in Leipzig with the rest of the Spurs squad last Tuesday for the second leg of their Champions League tie.
The defender has since admitted that his family were left shaken by the incident but insisted that they were coping well (The Sun).
Robinson has now revealed that he had a similar incident happen to him during his time in North London.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former England number one said about the incident: “It is terrible. I had a similar thing happen to me when I was at Tottenham playing for England but thankfully I nor my family was there.
“They knew that the family were away with the team while we were playing against Wales.
“We saw the incident with the Arsenal players and it is just very unfortunate that they become targets because of their wealth, their status and the assets they have got.
“It is important that the player liaisons take as many security measures they can to safeguard themselves and their families.”
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Footballers could be easy targets due to the fact that their schedule is often very public. After this incident, I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them opted for a full-time security guard at their homes. Let’s hope Vertonghen and his family haven’t been too scarred by the incident.
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