Thursday 29 September 2016

Burglar 'tried to break into Jose Mourinho’s home as Manchester United manager watched TV'

Published 18/07/2016 | 09:02

Manchester United's Juan Mata with manager Jose Mourinho after the friendly victory over Wigan. Photo: Martin Rickett
Manchester United's Juan Mata with manager Jose Mourinho after the friendly victory over Wigan. Photo: Martin Rickett

A man who reportedly tried to break into Jose Mourinho's house in central London has been sentenced to four weeks in jail for attempted burglary.

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Gabor Roman, 25, was caught as he tried to enter through the basement of the property on July 10 while the new Manchester United manager was inside watching Portugal win the European Championships, it was reported.

A maid spotted the burglar and screamed “What are you doing here?”, The Sun reported.

Roman tried to flee but was stopped by a security guard, who had seen him looking for entry points at various addresses along the street, the newspaper reported. 

Police arrived on the scene and arrested Roman, who was led away while Mourinho and wife Matilde Faria watched from a window, according to a witness.

"Jose looked dumbfounded," the passer-by said. "I don’t think it had registered with the guy (the burglar) he was trying to burgle the house of the world’s most famous football coach."

Roman, of no fixed address, was jailed for four weeks by Westminster magistrates on Tuesday after admitting attempted burglary.

A source said: “The prowler was trying not to be obvious but he clearly did not fit in with such an upscale area. The guard saw him trying all the house doors, leaning against them with his shoulder.

“He followed him on the opposite side of the road, using the cars for cover. The first open door the guy found was Jose’s basement gate.

"It was perfect timing when the Portuguese maid screamed, ‘What are you doing here?’ - because at that moment the security man blocked the getaway."

The attempted break-in took place hours after Mourinho had been at Wimbledon to see Andy Murray win the tournament by beating Milos Raonic.

Mourinho later posted a picture of himself on Instagram holding a Portugal scarf as he celebrated his country's victory over France.

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