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Former Bayern Munich and Juventus defender chases down thief and turns him over to police following robbery

20 June 2008; Robert Kovac, Croatia. UEFA EURO 2008TM, Quarter-Final, Croatia v Turkey, Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria. Picture credit; Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
20 June 2008; Robert Kovac, Croatia. UEFA EURO 2008TM, Quarter-Final, Croatia v Turkey, Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria. Picture credit; Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

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Former Bayern Munich and Juventus defender Robert Kovač has helped apprehend a thief after a 72-year-old man was mugged in Frankfurt on Monday evening.

Kovač, who is the assistant manager of Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, was reportedly out walking his dog on the Bockenheimer Landstraße when he saw a man lying down on the street near the "Block House" restaurant in Frankfurt's Westend.

According to German newspaper Bild, Kovač chased down the 28-year-old thief after witnessing the assailant mug the 72-year-old while he was withdrawing €40 in cash from a nearby cash machine.

Kovač was apparently able to catch the thief and restrain him until police arrived before handing him over to authorities.

Frankfurt Eintracht confirmed the story on the club's official Twitter account on Tuesday morning.

"Robert Kovač to his great rescue act last night," the club's Tweet read.

Speaking of the incident to German broadcaster Hessenschau, Kovač said: "I felt something could happen.

"After about 50 meters I put it. At that moment, I just reacted and did not think about it."

Kovač helps coach Frankfurt alongside brother Niko after a two year stint as an assistant for the Croatian national team, who he made 84 appearances for as a player between 1999 and 2009.

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