Thursday 22 March 2018

Former Rangers star Nacho Novo warned over death threat by PSNI

Glentoran's Nacho Novo in action
Glentoran's Nacho Novo in action

Claire Williamson

Glentoran and former Rangers star Nacho Novo has been warned by police there is a threat on his life.

The 37-year-old has been given security advice in wake of the threat.

Glentoran chairman Stephen Henderson praised the striker for continuing to play and not being intimidated as he played on Saturday against Ards, where his side lost 2-0.

Initially it was reported that the threat was "severe" but this has since been reduced to "low".

In a statement to the Belfast Telegraph Glentoran said: "Glentoran FC confirms that as reported in the Sunday media, the PSNI recently reported a threat to the life of one of the club’s players.

"This is a highly sensitive issue and the club has been working closely with the police since it was first made aware of the threat. When first contacted by the PSNI we were informed that the level of the threat was deemed to be “high”. This has subsequently been reduced to “low”. While this is an improvement in the situation we remain vigilant.

"Glentoran will remain fully supportive of the player as he continues to experience an unnecessary and unacceptable ordeal.

"Glentoran has been a proactively inclusive, cross community football club since its inception in 1882. We employ players, coaching personnel irrespective of background. The same applies to our supporters."

Mr Henderson told the Sun on Sunday: "This is obviously a very serious situation and we gave the player as much help and support as we could.

"It included him missing training sessions in order to facilitate his own personal security.

"For anyone who experiences this sort of situation there is obviously shock and grave concern that such a thing is brought to their door.

"Over the course of time however he has shown a very deep sense of character in terms of not letting it put him off playing football."

The striker joined the Oval side at the beginning of August.

Novo started his career at home in Spain before moving to Scotland to play for Raith Rovers in 2001.

He then moved to Dundee before joining Rangers in 2004 where his reputation for scoring goals soared.

He left Ibrox in 2010, having won trophies galore and become a firm favourite with fans.

After Rangers he travelled all over the world to play, including with Sporting Gijon in Spain and Legia Warsaw in Poland.

Before joining Glentoran, Novo was playing in the USA for his Carolina Railhawks.

Belfast Telegraph

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