Monday 19 August 2019

Roma player Radja Nainggolan mistaken for terrorist at Antwerp hotel

Radja Nainggolan hangs out with the police who were sent to arrest him
Radja Nainggolan hangs out with the police who were sent to arrest him

Sean Gibson

Roma and Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan thankfully remains a free man this evening after a mix up at a hotel saw him mistaken for a terrorist by guests.

Police were called to the Raddison in Antwerp - Nainggolan's home city - but officers recognised the footballer and the to-do was finally put to rest.

Guests had been alarmed by Nainggolan's hat and tattoos, and called the police.

Once everyone calmed down, Nainggolan was happy to pose for photographs with the Belgian officers who had put things straight.

Nainggolan was relaxing with family at the time of the 'incident', utilising a little extra down time after Belgium's friendly against Spain was cancelled.

Evidently people's nervousness and unease are still high. There are also voices on social media who don't consider it a coincidence that this has happened to a Belgian with an Indonesian father.

Regardless of what this says about where society is going, Nainggolan himself is going back to the Italian capital for Roma's Serie A match with Bologna this weekend.

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