It was a shock but everyone’s OK, says Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen after knife raid

first_imgSPURS star Jan Vertonghen has spoken of his shock after armed raiders terrorised his family while he was on Champions League duty in Germany.Wife Sophie and their two children were at the £3million home when four men with machetes and knives burst in.5 Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen told the Sun of his shock after his wife and children were threatened with machetesCredit: PA:Empics SportThe masked gang fled with electrical goods on Tuesday evening.Vertonghen was an unused sub as Spurs crashed out 4-0 on aggregate to RB Leipzig.The Belgian defender, 32, told The Sun of the raid: “I’m OK. Obviously it’s a big shock for everyone.“The family are in shock but OK. It is what it is.”5 Jan’s wife Sophie and their two children were threatened with machetes during the raid on their £3million North London home5 Vertonghen was an unused sub for Tottennham’s Champions League clash against RB LeipzigCredit: Rex FeaturesAsked what was stolen, he said: “I’m sorry I can’t tell you. We want to keep it as private as we can.”It is believed Sophie complied with the robbers’ demands before they fled.The family’s four-storey home is in a quiet part of North London.A police investigation is under way but no arrests have been made yet.5 The Belgian defender, 32, said: ‘The family are in shock but OK’5 Neither Jan’s wife Sophie nor his children were injured in the raidA next-door neighbour said they had been informed of the raid.The woman, who did not wish to be named, added: “They are quite private.“I don’t think they’d want me talking.”most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50’ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticA Met Police spokesman confirmed: “Police were called to a residential address on March 10 to report a burglary.“It was reported four men wearing balaclavas, armed with knives, had forced entry and stolen a number of items before leaving.“Nobody was injured. There have been no arrests made and our inquiries continue.”Jan Vertonghen parties with stunning Wag at Stormzy gig as fans stop to chant Tottenham star’s name GOT a news story? RING us on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL read more

Angels in sticky situation

first_imgRodriguez’s 92 saves over the past two seasons are the most in baseball. His 312 strikeouts over the past threeseasons are the most over that span for a reliever. With Colon on the mend, Lackey inherits the role as staff ace. His mastery of the Oakland Athletics last season (3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in fivestarts) will be counted on again. Colon wants to be back for OpeningDay, but his recent injury history suggests a more patient timetable. Adding free agent Justin Speier while trading Brendan Donnelly to the Boston Red Sox effectively strengthened the middle relief corps, which leads into setup man Scot Shields. Catcher: It will be a wide-open race for the Opening Day slot between Jose Molina, Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis. The veteran Molina might be playing with some fire this season after missing out on a lucrative bonus in September. Molina was relegated to the bench in the final few days of the season, costing him a games-played incentive. Napoli has the inside track at a roster spot over Mathis, and anything close to his torrid stretch last June (sixhome runs, 17 RBIs) will earn him the starting spot. Mathis has the most to prove after making the Opening Day roster last season and lasting only a month before he was sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake. Infield: Things are set up in the middle with Orlando Cabrera at shortstop and Howie Kendrick taking over for the departed Adam Kennedy at second. The biggest battle of the spring likely will take place at first base, where Casey Kotchman, Kendry Morales and Shea Hillenbrand will fight it out for the starting spot. Morales appeared to have the edge with some impressive power numbers in winter ball, but he ended up with a sore knee. He isn’t expected to miss much time this spring. Kotchman, who has the best defensive skills of the bunch, also played winter ball after missing most of last season with mononucleosis. Third base belongs to Chone Figgins, whose lackluster on-base percentage will force him to move to the No.9 spot in the lineup. Matthews will take over at the leadoff spot. Maicer Izturis, Robb Quinlan and Hillenbrand could see significant time at third if Figgins falters. Even if he doesn’t end up at first or third, Hillenbrand still could see significant time in the designated-hitter role. Outfield: Say what you want about Matthews’ $50 million deal, but the signing made the Angels better defensively. Remember, it was defense that was a big part of the team’s undoing last season. Matthews will be looked upon to deliver, at minimum, his 19homers and 79 RBIs from last season. The Angels would gladly take last year’s .313 batting average and .371 on-base percentage. Losing Juan Rivera to a broken leg in winter ball was costly. His status still is unknown, with an optimistic return date set for the All-Star break. A healthy Anderson will be vital. The sore foot that plagued him last season started almost a year ago during Cactus League action. The injury could be blamed for his reduced production, but Anderson’s .280 average with 17homers and 85RBIs weren’t much different from his 2005 numbers (.283, 17HRs, 95 RBIs). (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE March 1 – vs. Kansas City at Tempe, Ariz., 12:05 p.m. March 2 – vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 12:05 p.m. March 3 – vs. Colorado at Tucson, Ariz., 12:05 p.m. March 4 – vs. Milwaukee at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. March 5 – vs. Oakland at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. March 6 – vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 12:05 p.m. March 7 – vs. San Diego at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. March 8 – vs. Arizona at Tucson, 12:05 p.m. *March 9 – vs. San Diego (ss) at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. vs. Kansas City (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 6:05 p.m. March 10 – vs. Seattle at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. *March 11 – vs. Oakland (ss) at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. vs. Texas at Surprise, 1:05 p.m. March 12 – vs. Kansas City at Surprise, 1:05 p.m. March 13 – vs. Kansas City at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 14 – vs. San Francisco at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 15 – vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 1:05 p.m. March 16 – vs. Milwaukee at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 17 – vs. Chicago White Sox at Tucson, 1:05 p.m. *March 18 – vs. Chicago Cubs at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. vs. Oakland (ss) at Phoenix, 1:05 p.m. March 20 – vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 7:05 p.m. March 21 – vs. Arizona at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 22 – vs. Texas at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 23 – vs. Seattle at Peoria, 1:05 p.m. March 24 – vs. Colorado at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 25 – vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, 1:05 p.m. March 26 – vs. Chicago Cubs at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 27 – vs. Chicago White Sox at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 28 – vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 1:05 p.m. *March 29 – vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 12:05 p.m. at Dodgers (ss), 7:10 p.m. March 30 – at L.A. Dodgers, 7:40 p.m. March 31 – vs. L.A. Dodgers, 6:05 p.m. * Denotes split-squad. The team is broken into two squads. All times subject to change (TV listings unavailable). PROJECTED LINEUP F Gary Matthews SS Orlando Cabrera RF Vladimir Guerrero LF Garret Anderson DH Shea Hillenbrand 2B Howie Kendrick 1B Casey Kotchman C Mike Napoli 3B Chone Figgins P John Lackey 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now for the pessimists. Not only did the Angels not add the impact bat they desired, owner Arte Moreno essentially reneged on a boast to enhance the roster with an impact acquisition. It can’t be a good sign that management grossly underestimated the free-agent market. The Angels also have received an abundance of criticism for committing $50 million over five years to Matthews (Granada Hills High/Mission College), who will try to build off his breakout season in 2006 at age 32. First base and third base remain question marks. When pitchers and catchers work out for the first time today, that pitching staff might want to do some early weightlifting, just to feel what it would be like to carry the weight of the team on its shoulders. Angels personnel breaks down as follows: Pitching staff: Not only will one of the top rotations start things off, one of the best closers will be counted on to finish things. Francisco Rodriguez might be a notch behind the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera for the title of best closer, but the Angels’ right-hander probably has more value considering that at age 25, he is 12years younger than Rivera. The Angels’ offseason could best be described as a glass-half-empty, glass-half-full situation. The optimists will point to the various reviews that say the Angels might posses the best bullpen in the American League, if not in all of baseball. center_img The starting staff is first-rate with John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana, Kelvim Escobar and Joe Saunders. Bartolo Colon could be back by May, if not sooner. Even more upbeat news is that the outfield of Garret Anderson, Gary Matthews Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero is now considered by some as the best in the business. Nobody dared to make such a boast last season. last_img read more

Klopp slams UEFA as fans count cost of Euro glory

first_imgKlopp, whose side lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev last season, called on European governing body UEFA to show more consideration to travelling fans when choosing host cities for finals.“These guys who make the decisions, I don’t know what they have for breakfast really when they do it,” said Klopp.“Baku, I have no clue how to go there, if there is any regular flight at all? These decisions must be much more sensible, much more reasonable. It looks irresponsible. I don’t know how they do it.”Arsenal and Chelsea fans are further outraged that the clubs have been allocated just 6,000 tickets each for the 68,700-capacity Olympic Stadium.In March, UEFA put 37,500 tickets for the Europa League final on general sale to supporters.UEFA said in a statement to AFP that the number of fans requesting tickets for Europa League finals varied greatly from club to club and the amount given for the 2019 final was also based on logistics in Baku.“It is impossible to predict in advance which clubs will reach the final, while the venue has to be chosen around two years in advance,” it said.“Offering more tickets to fans of the participating teams, without any guarantee that they would be able to arrange suitable travel to reach Baku, was therefore not a responsible option.”There are currently no scheduled direct flights between London and Baku for the week of the final.“Really terrible ticketing and travel arrangements for Arsenal fans for the Europa league final,” the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust said in a statement.“AST meeting with the other supporter trusts also in European finals on Tuesday to discuss how more pressure can be brought to bear on UEFA for fairer treatment for fans.”Arsenal estimate that return travel will cost more than £1,000 ($1,300) per person.– Price hikes in Madrid –Arsenal and Chelsea will face off in the Europa League final, 4,500 kilometres from London, in Baku © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLiverpool and Tottenham fans in theory have a much easier trip to the Spanish capital but have seen prices for flights and hotels sky rocket since both sides produced remarkable semi-final comebacks this week to defeat Barcelona and Ajax.“Yesterday I was calling some hotels to try and book some rooms because I don’t know if my family and some people from Argentina are going to be there,” said Spurs’ Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino.“I wanted to book and it was so difficult and the prices are so crazy. I am very surprised but it is normal that people take advantage of this type of opportunity.”A joint statement issued by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust and Liverpool’s Spirit of Shankly fans’ group called for a cap on ticket pricing, transparency over allocation and consumer protection measures to be introduced to stop prices being forced up.“Our joy at reaching the final is tempered by the prices of travel, accommodation and tickets, and by the allocation of tickets,” it said.“Prices of flights to Madrid and surrounding towns have rocketed by up to 840 percent.“Hotel rooms are over £1,000 a night and we are hearing stories of room bookings being cancelled and resold at vastly inflated rates.“Ticket prices of in excess of £500 are also extortionate. And there needs to be transparency from UEFA and our clubs in how tickets are priced and allocated.”Liverpool and Spurs fans have been allocated 16,600 tickets each for the 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium.Tottenham announced on Friday that they will screen the match at the club’s new 62,000-capacity stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his sympathy with travelling fans © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOLondon, United Kingdom, May 10 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp branded UEFA “irresponsible” on Friday as fans expressed their disgust over eye-watering price hikes after four Premier League clubs qualified for the Champions League and Europa League finals.Tottenham and Liverpool will meet in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1, while supporters of London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea face a 9,000-km (5,600-mile) round-trip for their Europa League final in the Azerbaijani capital Baku on May 29.last_img read more