Police investigate robbery at home of Watford FC player Alexander Merkel

Watford Observer: Merkel in action for Watford FC against Blackburn Rovers Merkel in action for Watford FC against Blackburn Rovers

Police are hunting two men following a violent robbery at the London home of Watford FC midfielder Alexander Merkel.

The Metropolitan Police was called to the West Hempstead address of the player, who was on loan from Udinese, at around 10.30pm on May 2 after he was attacked on his doorstep.

Officers said ordeal began when raiders tried to kick his door down and rammed it with mopeds.

After Merkel came to the door one suspect, who had an Irish accent, is said to have tried to grab the player's watch.

While the player struggled with one assailant a second suspect then took a bag from his house, according to police.

The two men made off on two mopeds driven by another two men.

Officers described the men who approached the property as aged between 18 and 25. The one with the Irish accent was 6ft tall and slim while the other was around 6ft 2in and had a medium build.

Watford FC is yet to make a decision on whether the 22-year-old German, who played 11 games for the Golden Boys since joining in January, will be returning to Vicarage Road next season.

A statement from the club said: “We do not comment on private matters involving the club’s playing squad.”

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3:24pm Fri 16 May 14

bristol hornet says...

Welcome to England Alexander!

Very sorry this happened to you.

This might just have made up your mind up to go back home - I hope not.
Welcome to England Alexander! Very sorry this happened to you. This might just have made up your mind up to go back home - I hope not. bristol hornet
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4:19pm Fri 16 May 14

andyhooked says...

I was burgled and had a tussle with him in my house late at night when getting out of bed I was in the nude. Still preys on my mind!! Odd that the club considers this to be a "private matter". I have now become the coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch in my road.
I was burgled and had a tussle with him in my house late at night when getting out of bed I was in the nude. Still preys on my mind!! Odd that the club considers this to be a "private matter". I have now become the coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch in my road. andyhooked
  • Score: 9

5:30pm Fri 16 May 14

Bush Hornet says...

Sounds horrible.
Sounds horrible. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 7

5:41pm Fri 16 May 14

HornetDan1979 says...

Sounds nasty, similar to the incident which led to Paulo Vernazza being stabbed in the leg at his home a few years back if I remember correctly.
Sounds nasty, similar to the incident which led to Paulo Vernazza being stabbed in the leg at his home a few years back if I remember correctly. HornetDan1979
  • Score: 5

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