VETERAN FOOTBALLER, KANU NWANKWO ROBBED OF 4 MILLION NAIRA IN RUSSIA
Veteran footballer and former Arsenal striker, Nwankwo Kanu has just been robbed. Kanu Nwankwo had $11,000 ( 9,300 euros, about 4 million naira) stolen from his suitcase at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on his way to playing in a friendly match organised by FIFA, TASS reported.
Russian police was said to have detained two baggage handlers who were unloading luggage from the London flight. They were said to have stolen the money from checked-in luggage.
“The stolen money has been confiscated and will shortly be returned to its owner,” police spokeswoman Irina Volk said. Police confirmed to TASS that the luggage belonged to Kanu.
Moscow and Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave, will both host World Cup matches in a tournament that will see thousands of international fans travelling between the 11 host cities. Starting Monday, fans with tickets can travel to Russia visa-free. The first teams will also arrive in Russia this week.
Kanu played in Kaliningrad in a special “Relive the Legends” friendly match on Sunday as part of a team of FIFA Legends against a team of Russian veterans. Kanu’s team won 6-4.
A similar crime occurred in March when a baggage handler was arrested and admitted stealing 56,000 euros from a package belonging to a Moscow bank.