PSG to step up player security after Di Maria’s home is burgled

Paris, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Paris Saint Germain will improve the security of their players’ homes after Angel di Maria and Marquinhos’ father were burgled, sources close to the French club told Efe.

Over the past few months, the homes of several PSG players, including Sergio Rico and Mauro Icardi, have been broken into.

Di Maria’s home was burgled while the Argentine was playing in his team’s 2-1 defeat to Nantes on Sunday.

The Argentine, who also had his home broken into in 2015 while he was playing a match for Manchester United, was substituted midway through the second half after learning of the burglary.

Contrary to some media reports, the player’s family were unaware of the intruders and were not held hostage, sources close to the investigations told Efe.

Marquinhos took to social media to denounce the burglary of his fathers’ house. He said his family was at home, but added that while they “were given a fright”, no one was hurt in the incident.

The thieves took 2,000 euros in cash and luxury bags from Marquinhos’ father’s house, BFM TV reported.

A French National Police division specialized in organized gangs, which usually use weapons for their robberies, is in charge of the investigation, sources from the Nanterre Judicial Court told Efe.

Both incidents prompted PSG to beef up security of their players’ homes, all of which are located west of the French capital.

The club will pay for guards to secure their homes, which are already equipped with video surveillance and alarm systems, with one or two agents assigned to each of them 24 hours a day, sources said.

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