Saturday 17 November 2018

Burglars steal €29,000 watch and 'wreck' McClean's home while he plays in match

James McClean scored for West Brom on the night of the robbery. Photo: PA
James McClean scored for West Brom on the night of the robbery. Photo: PA

Dean Gray

Ireland soccer star James McClean's house was "wrecked" as burglars ransacked his property while he played a match.

The Derry man was lining out with club side West Bromwich Albion against West Ham in London on Tuesday night when thieves struck at his English Midlands home.

The 28-year-old told the 'Derry Journal' newspaper that a TV and a €29,000 watch were among the items stolen.

McClean also said the burglars had "wrecked the place". The evening began well for the winger as his goal gave West Brom a lead at the London Stadium.

However, second-half goals from Andy Carroll, including an injury-time strike to give the hosts a 2-1 win, turned the game on its head.

Things got worse for McClean when he arrived home to find he had been targeted by thieves.

"When you get home from a last-minute defeat and your house has been robbed...thieving, smelly b******s! Great night!" he wrote on his Instagram account.

Several footballers' homes have been hit by burglars while they played in matches.

Wayne Rooney had his home raided by thieves in 2016 during a game for Manchester United, while in November, Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren were targeted as they played for Liverpool.

Irish Independent

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