Napoli Star Marek Hamsik Victim of Dangerous Armed Robbery

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IFebruary 18, 2013

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 02:  Marek Hamsik of Napoli celebrates after scoring the opening goal  during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Catania Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on February 2, 2013 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting second in the Italian Serie A, it hasn't been all smooth sailing for Italian football club Napoli. The club has certainly experienced more than its fair share of criminal activity of late with star midfielder Marek Hamsik proving to be the latest victim.

According to Will Jones of, the Slovakian international became the victim of an armed robbery following Napoli's 0-0 draw with Sampdoria over the weekend. The actual event took place as Hamsik drove to the airport following the match.

Hamsik himself was not physically hurt, but was clearly shaken when he spoke about the matter. The 25-year-old had the window of his BMW smashed in whilst waiting in traffic. The Guardian reports that Hamsik had a Rolex Daytona stolen during the course of events.

When speaking about the issue, he had this to say (via

I'm really unhappy about what happened after the match. It's the third time that it's happened to me since I've been here.

I'm really sorry that these kind of things happen but unfortunately it is one of the hardships of living in Napoli.

As aforementioned, Napoli has experienced more than its fair share of crime with Hamsik's event not proving to be an isolated incident. 

In 2008, Hamsik had an identical Rolex stolen in similar fashion around Christmas time. Prolific forward Edinson Cavani took steps to re-locate his family following a break-in. Current midfielder Valon Behrami's wife was targeted much the same way as Cavani's family, and whilst no-one has been hurt so far, it is a worrying string of crime that has hit the two-time Serie A winners.

Napoli's 0-0 draw sees them close the gap at the top of the Serie A to just four points. But I think it is fair to say, the lost two points are the least of Hamsik's worries right now.

Scary stuff.