West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and wife robbed at gunpoint

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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and his wife have been held up by armed robbers who fired at police before escaping.

The 64-year-old former Man City boss and his wife Carola Pucci were unharmed after being targeted in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

They were driving to a restaurant with friends in the upmarket suburb of Vitacura when their car was intercepted by the muggers, the Chilean news site 24 Horas reports.

Pellegrini and his friends are said to have tried to calm the criminals down before they had weapons pointed at them.

Ms Pucci was getting out of the vehicle before she “screamed” when one of the robbers stole her purse, according to Chilean news channel T13.

Vitacura’s police captain Gonzalo Munoz said nearby officers quickly came to their aid, but the muggers fired at police before throwing nails in the road.

The armed robbers then fled in a stolen Porsche Cayenne with fake number plates, according to reports.

Police were able to locate the stolen vehicle in the nearby suburb of Conchali but were unable to track down the robbers, 24 Horas reports.

They also recovered a stolen purse but would not confirm it belonged to Ms Pucci.

Newly appointed West Ham manager Pellegrini, who will lead the side from the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season, is on holiday in his native Chile.

He thanked police on Twitter on Sunday for coming to his aid.

In a tweet translated into English, he wrote: “Congratulatons to @Carabchile your quick and courageous reaction.

“I appreciate the support of the people.

“I hope you are given more powers to police to solve the issue of crime as soon as possible.”





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