Football has a history of players who steal.
Perhaps the most famous footballing thief in Britain remains ex-Arsenal midfielder David Hillier, who sped up the end of his career at Highbury after stealing another passenger’s bag at Gatwick Airport in 1996. And more recently Southampton’s Bradley Wright-Phillips and Nathan Dyer pulled an equally stupid stunt, getting caught on CCTV cameras thieving various items from a staff room at a Portsmouth nightclub.
And now the spotlight has fallen on Boca Juniors striker Lucas Viatri. According to Reuters, Viatri has been accused of robbing a hairdresser, allegedly stealing “a pair of scissors and hair spray along with his brother and a friend, has been accused of robbery aggravated by the possession of weapons.”
Despite continuing claims of his innocence, Viatri was held in custody for one month earlier this year during preliminary investigations into the matter and the judge has now ruled that he must face an oral trial before a panel of judges.
Yet the striker appears to have a iron-clad alibi, with his lawyer stating “he was training at the time, that’s the truth. He couldn’t be in two places at once.”
A report from Spanish TV into the incident can be seen here.
Outside of these allegations, 2008 has been a successful year for Lucas Viatri, who was Boca’s top-scorer during the Apertura Championship.
A video collecting Viatri’s goals during this period can be seen here.