Chris Smalling was robbed at home in front of his wife and two-year-old child in a horrifying ordeal for the Roma defender on Friday morning.

Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport reported three armed robbers broke into the English footballer’s home and forced him to open his family’s safe, where the aggressors took items of jewelry and other valuable items.

Smalling’s wife, Sam, called the police just before 5am and officers arrived at the family’s villa, located around 25 miles south of Rome, with all three victims very distressed.

Police are still investigating the incident and Roma have offered support to the player.

Chris Smalling and family
Chris Smalling and family. 

Smalling, who joined the Italian club from Manchester United on a permanent deal last year, was not involved in Roma’s Europa League tie with Ajax at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night due to a knee injury.

The defender has been playing in Rome since the summer of 2019, joining on an initial loan deal before making the move permanent 12 months later.

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