29
May

Wigan’s James McArthur has FA Cup medal, wedding rings stolen

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(McArthur, left, in happier times after winning the FA Cup. Image: Getty)

It’s been a rough week for Wigan midfielder James McArthur.

Burglars broke into McArthur’s home sometime between May 20 and 26 and cleaned out the Scotland international’s personal belongings. Among those belongings were his FA Cup winner’s medal from last year and two wedding rings.

"I am devastated, as is my fiancee. The medal is priceless for me and this is a real blow to us to happen just before the wedding. They ripped through the house and took virtually everything of value. – it is very upsetting," McArthur told Wigan’s official website.

What kind of sleazy person steals such personal effects? Police admit that the criminals will probably have a hard time pawning off the medal.

“It is unlikely the offenders will keep hold of the medal and may try to sell it on.  Obviously, it is unusual for such an item to come on the market …” DC Kevin Telford said.
Here’s to hoping the crooks are dumb enough to try and sell the medal and get busted.

(h/t r/soccer)

26
Sep

Spanish police blasted with calls for robbery after Real Madrid’s scandal win

Real Madrid beat La Liga new boys Elche on Wednesday under plenty of criticism, and by criticism we mean over a hundred outraged Elche fans reported Real to the national police for robbery:

Translation: “We have received >120 mentions of football in the last ten minutes … Remember, we try to help you on SAFETY”

So, were Elche really robbed? You be the judge.

The newly promoted side scored a shock equalizer in the 89th minute to get on the verge of a major upset, but then Real Madrid was saved by the bell — or this case, the whistle of referee César Muñiz — as Madrid’s Pepe was awarded a highly questionable 91st minute penalty (which Ronaldo converted for the match-winner)

Watch as Pepe gets rewarded for literally taking down his opponent:

Sure looks like highway robbery, but to others, the conclusion of the match resembled more a slapstick comedy. Take Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, for example.

That translates into: “Watching a comedy film on Canal+ Liga. Always going well at this time of night!”
Touche, Pique. Touche.

Countering the Barcelona man’s neg, however, Real’s Álvaro Arbeloa stuck with the comedy theme and took a stab at Barca’s tendency for similar theatrics:

Meaning: “Very happy with the 3 points! I’m glad that some change from theater to cinema, that is always good!”

Ahh yes, good ol’ rivalry banter. So, when’s the first Clasico?

25
Jun

Spain players reportedly staged strip poker party on night of hotel robbery

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Thomas Hautmann (@HautmannOnFOX)

A few days ago, news broke that several Spanish players’ rooms were broken into and robbed at the Confederations Cup.

Maybe they forgot to mention a few minor details.

According to overwhelming reports from Brazil, on the night in question several women were allegedly seen entering the players’ rooms where they all played a round of strip poker before the robbery took place.

Hotel employees reportedly told Brazilian media giant Globo that players ordered a band to come play in the room to celebrate Spain’s opening match victory over Uruguay. The report adds that the band played until 1 a.m. and that the five women joined five players and members of the technical staff for a late-night game of adult entertainment. It wasn’t until later in the morning that several players, including Shakira’s boyfriend Gerard Pique, discovered cash and valuables stolen from their rooms.

Though the Spanish federation acknowledged that six of its players were robbed at the team hotel, the players and Spanish football association have called these reports a “total lie.”

Either way, someone has some serious explaining to do.