Panic as robbers hold families of 2 PSG superstars hostage while in action for the club

Panic as robbers hold families of 2 PSG superstars hostage while in action for the club

- Robbers were said to have invaded the homes of Marquinhos and Di Maria

- Both players were in action during PSG's 2-1 defeat to Nantes over the weekend

- The Argentine rushed home after coming off in the 62nd minute to be with his family

- Authorities are now looking into the case in a bid to bring the culprits to justice

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Brazil defender Marquinhos and his South American counterpart Angel Di Maria were in action for Paris Saint Germain when their families were held hostage by invaders in their homes.

The Argentine attacker was withdrawn from their 2-1 defeat to Nantes in the 62nd minute for Leandro Paredes and he immediately left the stadium to be with his family immediately after being informed of the development.

Marquinhos also suffered the same fate as his family was said to have been captured by robbers who invaded his home while the game was going on.

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Reports reveal that the parents of the 26-year-old's captain were also held hostage by the burglars according to Sport Bible, quoting ESPN.

Panic as robbers hold families of 2 PSG superstars hostage while in action for the defending champions
PSG duo Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria of during fans meeting in Shenzhen, China on July 31, 2019. Photo by Paris Saint-Germain Football/PSG
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Meanwhile, the French police authorities have commenced an investigation of the case, with PSG also offering their full support to Marquinhos, Di Maria and their respective families.

The publication reports that Di Maria's home was targeted in 2015 during his one-year reign at Manchester United before eventually moving to Paris.

However, PSG's recent defeat to Nantes leaves them three points behind French League table-toppers Lille with eight games left to play this campaign. Speaking at his post-match press conference, PSG boss Pochettino explained:

"We started the match well, we made the difference. After the equaliser, the match became more open, we suffered, we struggled.

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"We were not strong enough. It was a difficult match. We missed the opportunity to go top of the table, we lost points.
"It makes things more difficult, but there are still a lot of matches left. It is always frustrating to drop points.
"For a Champions League match, there was a lot of physical and mental energy demanded. And now we can see that we struggled.
"There are situations outside of football that also explain the second half. It is not an excuse but it brought about a reduction in energy. At full-time, we spoke about things other than football." earlier reported that Super Eagles forward Moses Simon was the hero for Nantes after netting the brilliant goal which condemned champions Paris Saint-Germain to 2-1 defeat.

Paris Saint-Germain went into this encounter with the target of winning which would have sent them to the top of the League table, but Nigerian star Moses Simon broke their hearts.

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Simon who also scored against Reims was handed his 19th league start of the season against Paris Saint-Germain and was impressive.

Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.


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