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Florian Thauvin Strangled In Traumatic Robbery Attempt

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Nov 15, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    I doubt they were after his watch. I bet at least one of the attackers had a black and white striped shirt on.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Bet he feels just like us now : )

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    a £22k watch ! More than a lot of people earn in a year. not condoning the attack but this guy just illustrates all that’s wrong with football now.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4


    The thought had crossed my mind lol.

    I mean, what are the chances of an ex player and one currently on loan being accosted within the space of two weeks by fans, I mean thieves on motorbikes.

    I know, I know, different countries but….

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Niafron anyone.

  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    So he was wearing a £22k watch?

    I would never condone such attacks or any violence for that matter, but some folk invite such robberies by wearing such expensive apparel.

    It’s the old adage that if wealth’s not flaunted then thieves aren’t drawn to it.


    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Is the lad not meant to spend the money hes earned?

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    On thread…Anyone looking to buy a nice watch for Christmas?


    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    22k isnt even a weeks wages for him, Ive spent comparatively more on a watch before

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10


    Chill out man. jeez always so flighty. You must have a jot of joy somewhere in your D.N.A or is providing pure unadulterated misery just your default position. Remember counselling for anger management is an option.

    If you think beardo who I loved as a player and watson are good coaches i suggest you look at their records darling. About as impressive as your never ending google faux pas’

    If you’re going to throw stones I suggest you read back over your own material and repeat the mantra -pot – kettle – black. If I had a pound for every time I think about you, I’d start thinking about you.

  • martoon

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Howay lads it doesn’t matter what you think of him or how much he earns it must have been a horrible experience and some of your comments are quite frankly crass. Also Ed you missed out the word ‘attempted’ in your headline – I thought he was dead at first.

  • mindshaft

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Probably less than half a weeks wages for Thauvin, whats he meant to do buy plastic Swatch watch – jeez , some people on here are bitter
    Beardo was a great player but a terrible coach, the youngsters he and the rest of the team have brought through in the last eight years or so is pathetic – he’s barely “improved” any of them

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Can’t remember who exactly (martoon)? Were worried about the boxing day game and getting home.

    Found this from the chron.

    Excellent contribution from Newcastle United who have agreed a deal with Metro to cover the costs of running the public trains late on Boxing Day for NUFC supporters.

    Newcastle, of course, face a 7.45pm kick-off at St James’ Park on Boxing Day against Sheffield Wednesday.

    That would usually be after the public transport had finished for the day on Boxing Day.

    However, Metro have announced they will run trains on all routes until approximately 11pm, with the club covering the costs.

    Newcastle did a similar thing in 2015 when the clash with Everton was moved back for live TV broadcast.

  • martoon

    Nov 15, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Cheers Average Contents it was me – unfortunately I don’t live near the Metro and there are still going to be no buses on boxing day evening.
    A good gesture by the club but it still only helps, say, about 20% of fans. It is still ridiculous that Sky have forced this game to be moved at the inconvenience to the majority of fans.

  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #15


    Maybe £22k’s not a lot to the likes of Thauvin but it’s one helluva lot if you ain’t got it. If those who flaunt their wealth, then they’ve got no room to cry foul if they’re robbed.

  • G

    Nov 15, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16

    I hate to throw stereotypes around, but who would of thought that a Frenchman would flee the scene of a confrontation… where have I heard this before?

  • G

    Nov 15, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #17

    On a serious note though, I hate thieves, and I hope the pair get caught and held bang to rights.


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