Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli managed to escape without suffering any injuries after being held at knifepoint on Wednesday morning.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the England international suffered a scary ordeal at his home in north London. Alli’s property was broken into just after midnight on Wednesday and it is being reported that the midfielder was threatened before a scuffle broke out.
During the brawl, Alli was thumped in the face leaving him with a minor facial injury and the two culprits then proceeded to take various items including jewellery and watches before fleeing the scene.
Alli’s property is covered by CCTV and the footage has since been passed on to the police, who have confirmed they have opened an investigation.
“Police were called at approximately 00:35hrs on Wednesday, 13 May to reports of a robbery at a residential address Barnet,” a police spokesman said.
“Two males gained entry to the property and stole items of jewellery, including watches, before fleeing. One male occupant of the property, aged in his 20s, suffered a minor facial injury after being assaulted.”
Police also confirmed the Tottenham midfielder did not require hospital treatment. “No arrests; enquiries into the circumstances continue.”
Alli had been self-isolating in line with government guidelines with his brother, Harry Hickford, their two partners and a long-term friend. Alli, along with the rest of the Tottenham first team squad, are expected to return to training imminently as the Premier League aims to resume next month at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the Premier League is facing the possibility of having to delay its Project Restart after a pair of crucial meetings with players and managers provoked a series of robust exchanges and diverging views. The planned resumption of play on June 12 is now looking less likely, and kick-off a week later is now a possibility after issues over protocols for a safe return to play and concerns over the need for more training came to the fore.
Players had not previously had a chance to share their views on restart plans and at a two-hour meeting between 20 club captains, Premier League officials and the deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan van Tam, several of them chose to get concerns off their chests.
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