AS Roma defender Chris Smalling has reportedly been robbed at gunpoint by burglars who broke in to his residence in Rome in the early hours of Friday. Although there has been no official comment from the club or the footballer, a source close to the incident has shared the details. Smalling's wife, son, mother and another family member were also reportedly present in the house.
Three Rolex watches among other valuables robbed
Notably, at least three men broke Smalling's house at around 5 am and forced the 31-year-old to open the safe and hand over the three Rolex watches, jewels and around 300 euros in cash. The same has been claimed in a report carried by several news agencies and Rome's leading sports daily Corriere dello Sport.
Roma sets up Europa League semifinal clash with Manchester United
However, even such reports could not get a statement from AS Roma or the former England defender. Smalling, who could not feature in his side's Europa League quarterfinal second leg with Ajax Amsterdam on Thursday due to a knee injury, saw them draw the match 1-1 and register a 3-2 win on aggregate. The result has set up a Roma's semifinal clash against his former club Manchester United.