White Hart Lane boss speaks of incident at Madrid derby.
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he was mugged while attending a football match in Spain on Thursday.
Redknapp, 63, was in Madrid to see the Spanish capital’s two main teams, Real and Atletico, play in the Copa del Rey.
He said two men fell to their knees in front of him and tugged at his trouser legs to distract him while four others took money and items from his pockets.
The former Portsmouth and West Ham manager said: “I’m walking round the outside of the stadium, it’s a fantastic atmosphere, there’s all little stalls there selling sweets.
“I got some sweets, me and Kevin, and it was so packed. The next thing there’s two guys on their knees in front of me and I felt someone pull my overcoat.
“I thought ‘what are you doing?’. The next thing he’s got my keys on the floor.
“I thought ‘is he a blind man or someone having trouble walking properly?’ What are they doing, these two blokes?
“I’m going ‘let go of my trousers’, pushing them away. While I’m doing that they’re rifling my pockets, there were about six of them. And then they went.”
“I thought ‘what are they doing?’ I went to put my hand in my pockets and realised what they’d done.
“They took everything. All my money, credit cards, everything really.”
The Spurs manager said he did not believe the muggers knew who he was.
“I just probably looked stupid or something, and they thought ‘here’s one here, he’s not Spanish, obviously and we’re looking for a foreigner’.” (BBC Sport)
Clearly this shouldn’t be funny but the way Harry Redknapp describes the incident is hilarious. The White Hart Lane boss clearly has a wonderfully dry sense of humour and whilst he would clearly have been a little put out by the mugging he probably looks back at it with a certain amount of amusement.
If anyone captured the event on video it would be an instant You Tube hit. Also the mugging itself seems needlessly complicated, also is it cost effective to mug one person using six people? Wouldn’t it have been easier to just pick pocket him?
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