Former Ireland international Jason McAteer has slated a burglar who broke into his home and stole his son’s games console.
The Irish football legend’s home in Liverpool was broken into earlier this week, and his son’s Xbox was taken.
McAteer (43) revealed the theft on his Twitter page by tweeting: “I hope the scumbag that broke into my house and took my boy’s Xbox gets his karma sooner rather than later #Scum”.
The 52-time capped player was inundated with messages of support, and later thanked his followers for their generosity.
“Seriously overwhelmed with people’s response thanks so much. I’ll sort him a new one- thanks again”, he tweeted.
Interaction between him and his followers suggested that he was attempting to track the serial number of the games console, while also adding that he would buy his son Harry a new Xbox with the insurance money from the stolen one.
“Cheers mate gonna get one in the insurance”, he tweeted to a man who kindly offered to replace the stolen console.
“Yeah on it pal. Thanks v much”, was another reply to a man who noted that every Xbox has a unique number, and that police could track the stolen device through an IP address.
It is not the first time a footballer’s home has been targeted on Merseyside.
In 2006, thieves broke into the home of Liverpool goalkeeper Jersey Dudek, stealing his 2005 Champions League winners’ medal as well as other football paraphernalia.
Dudek’s house was situated in the Wirral area of Merseyside, the same location as McAteer’s current address.
In 2008, the home of Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva was broken into, with the robbers getting away with his Olympic Football bronze medal and a prized Brazil jersey.
The robbery was among numerous others of Liverpool football players, with the likes of captain Stephen Gerrard, Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt and former goalkeeper Pepe Reina all having their homes burgled within an 18-month period.
The robberies are believed to have taken place while the players were away on football duty.
However, in 2003, one raider was caught in the act while burgling a house in Formby, Merseyside.
He broke into the address of Everton forward Duncan Ferguson, but had not expected the Scotland international to be home.
The raider subsequently spent two days in a hospital ward, after apparently receiving the full force of Ferguson’s fist to his face.