Manuel Pellegrini mugged at gunpoint in Chile – reports
The incident happened in the West Ham manager’s home city of Santiago
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has been mugged at gunpoint in Chile, according to reports.
The 64-year-old was travelling to a restaurant in Santiago with his wife and friends when targeted by a gang.
Chilean newspaper La Cuarta reported that Pellegrini’s wife had her purse stolen during the incident on Saturday evening. The gang reportedly shot at police before fleeing in a stolen car.
The recently-appointed West Ham boss thanked the police in a tweet in Spanish.
Felicitaciones a @Carabdechile por su rápida y valiente reacción. Agradezco el apoyo de la gente. Ojalá se le otorguen mas facultades a Carabineros para solucionar el tema de la delincuencia lo antes posible.— Manuel Pellegrini R. (@Ing_Pellegrini) June 3, 2018
He tweeted: “Congratulations to @Carabdechile for their speedy and brave reaction.
“I’m thankful for the support of the people. I hope they give the Carabineros (police) more resources to solve the problem of delinquency as soon as possible.”
Chile-born Pellegrini was appointed West Ham boss in May, having previously managed the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid, River Plate and, most recently, Chinese club Hebei China Fortune.