Two loaders detained as Kanu loses £8,200 at Moscow airport

Posted on Jun 6 2018 - 1:21am by admin

Former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu has had £8,200 in cash stolen from his luggage after he landed in Russia for the World Cup, Sky News reports.

The retired Nigeria international flew from London to Moscow before heading onto Kaliningrad, where  the Super Eagles  will play Croatia in their opening match of the tournament on June 16.

When he arrived at his final destination he realised the cash was missing from his luggage, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported on Sunday.

Two baggage loaders at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow have been detained on suspicion of theft.

Police spokeswoman Irina Volk added,  “The stolen money has been confiscated and will be returned to its owner.”

A similar crime took place at the same airport in March, when a baggage loader was arrested and admitted stealing €56,000 from a package belonging to a Moscow bank.

Kanu, 41, played in Kaliningrad in a special “Relive the Legends” friendly match on Sunday.

The former striker was part of a FIFA legends team that defeated a Russian veterans side 6-4.

Thousands of international fans are set to descend on Russia as World Cup matches are played in 11 host cities.

The first teams will also arrive in Russia this week.

Kanu did not mention the theft in speaking to the media in the Baltic city, where England will play on June 28, according to The Sun.

He said,  “Kaliningrad is a very nice city with very nice people.

“It’s really good to be here. The stadium is fantastic, I liked the atmosphere inside and also enjoyed being in the players’ dressing room.

“The pitch is marvellous and, actually, that’s all you need as a player.

“The World Cup is the greatest football tournament on the planet – every team dreams of being part of it and I am sure it will be a very special event in Russia.

“Nigeria will be a big surprise, for sure. We have good young and talented players; they are hungry for victories and want to do well – for themselves and for the country.”

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