Chris Smalling and his family were robbed at gunpoint inside their home in the early hours of Friday morning, according to media reports in Italy.
The Roma defender’s home in the Italian capital was reportedly targeted after the team’s Europa League game against Ajax. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the family were sleeping when armed and hooded men broke into their home and forced the footballer to open a safe.
The robbers are believed to have taken Rolex watches, jewellery and other valuables. Neither Smalling nor his club have made an official comment but his former Manchester United teammate, Marcus Rashford, tweeted his support.
“Thinking about you @ChrisSmalling and your lovely family,” Rashford wrote. “So sorry to wake up to the news this morning. Can’t imagine how you’re feeling but I hope you’re ok.”
Smalling missed the Europa League quarter-final tie with Ajax due to a knee problem. Roma drew the second leg 1-1 to win 3-2 on aggregate, and set up a semi-final with Manchester United.
The Roma coach, Paulo Fonseca, was targeted by burglars last November, as his home was broken into when he and his family were out. Last month, Paris Saint-Germain forward Ángel Di María was withdrawn from a Ligue 1 game after his house was robbed with his family present at the property.