Bad news being reported today in the French newspaper La Provence that Newcastle’s on-loan winger at Marseille, Florian Thauvin, was strangled in a violent assault yesterday after thieves on motor bikes crashed into his car.
The report is that two men on motorbikes attacked him after they got him out of his car and he was strangled from behind by one of the men.
But Florian was able to escape from the two men and then fled the scene.
It seems that one of the targets of the attempted robbery was Florian’s expensive watch – said to be worth around £22K – but thankfully Florian was able to get himself free and he fled the scene.
Florian Thauvin at Newcastle in pre-season
We’re very pleased that Florian seems to be OK.
This comes after former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll was similarly accosted by two motor cyclists last week – near the West Ham training grounds.
In Andy’s case they didn’t manage to stop the car but Andy was able to speed away and returned to the training ground where he was said to be traumatized and shook up.
In Florian’s case they managed to get him out of the car, but Florian still managed to get away thank goodness.
But these are still extremely traumatic experiences for both of these players.
Potential robbers now know that top footballers these days get enormous wages, so they are becoming top robbery targets.
On the football side of things, Florian is expected to sign full time at Marseille next month after he played 12 games for Marseille, which triggered the obligation to buy clause in his loan contract.