Newcastle star Joelinton was reportedly alerted to three intruders inside his mansion on Saturday night while the Magpies were in Premier League action against Manchester City. The Brazil international was sidelined for the match due to a thigh injury but watched his team lose 3-2 at St James’ Park.
According to The Sun, Joelinton received a security alert on his phone while the match was in progress and immediately contacted police, who rushed to his Darras Hall home in Northumberland shortly after 7.30pm.
It is understood that no one was in the property when the intruders struck, and the attackers had fled by the time police arrived. No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.
“Shortly before 7.30pm yesterday police received a call from a concerned homeowner who reported that three men were inside their home in Darras Hall,” said a Northumbria Police spokesperson. “Thankfully the homeowner was not home but had received a security alert on their phone and immediately reported concerns to police.
“Police were deployed to the scene however, those alleged to be involved had fled the scene. Enquires remain ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact us via 101, or the ‘Report’ pages of our website, quoting log NP-20240113-0835.”
In recent years, a number of high-profile Premier League players have had their homes targeted, with Jack Grealish’s Cheshire mansion raided by thieves on Boxing Day last year while he was in action against Everton. The Essex home of West Ham ace Kurt Zouma was targeted weeks earlier, while Chelsea ace Raheem Sterling flew home from the World Cup in 2022 after a raid on his property.
Joelinton is set to spend six weeks on the sidelines after injuring his quad during his team’s FA Cup victory over Sunderland last weekend. And speaking on Friday, Newcastle boss Eddie Howe explained: “We have had to try and pick him up. He is our midfield driving force, it is a big blow.
“[Joelinton] is such an important player. He has a problem with his tendon in his quad. He is very disappointed, he wants to play and do well.”
The Magpies were on course for three points against Pep Guardiola’s City side after Alexander Isak and Charlie Gordon struck after an opening goal from Bernardo Silva. But Kevin de Bruyne equalised for the visitors after coming on as a substitute for his first appearance since August. And the Belgium international then turned provider as Oscar Bobb netted a stoppage-time winner.