Tottenham star Emerson Royal ‘escapes horror nightclub armed robbery in Brazil unharmed’

Tottenham star’s gun fight horror: Dozens of shots are fired as off-duty police officer spots an armed attacker robbing Spurs’ Emerson Royal at gunpoint as the star, 23, posed for pictures at 3am outside a nightclub in Brazil

  • Emerson Royal was reportedly targeted by an armed robber early this morning
  • The Tottenham defender had just left a nightclub in his home city of Sao Paulo
  • The thief is said to have pointed a gun at him while demanding his belongings
  • Royal was unharmed after an off-duty police officer fired 29 shots at the mugger, who underwent surgery on Friday morning to remove the bullet from his back

Tottenham defender Emerson Royal has escaped unharmed after reportedly being at the center of a gunfight after being targeted by an armed robber in Brazil in the early hours of Friday morning.

According to O Liberal, the 23-year-old had just left a nightclub in his home city of Sao Paulo at around 3am and was taking photos with an off-duty police officer when an individual pointed a gun at him while demanding his belongings.

It is claimed that the officer drew his gun and opened fire at the thief, with Royal escaping unharmed.

Twenty nine shots were reportedly fired at the assailant, one of which hit him in the back and meant he had to be taken to a nearby hospital. According to UOL, the attacker underwent surgery on Friday morning to remove the bullet.

However, Royal was able to travel to the local police station with his father and manager to file a report.

Royal had been out partying with his family and friends at New Trips nightclub, which is located on Paulista Avenue – one of the longest roads which runs through the middle of Sao Paulo.

‘I was celebrating and on the way out, this whole affair happened, which was very bad,’ the player’s father told Globo Esporte. ‘A horror scene indeed. I don’t wish that on anyone.

Emerson Royal was reportedly targeted by an armed robber in his home city of Sao Paulo

Emerson Royal was reportedly targeted by an armed robber in his home city of Sao Paulo

The incident happened just after Royal and his family left New Trips nightclub in Sao Paulo

The incident happened just after Royal and his family left New Trips nightclub in Sao Paulo

Inside the club where the 23-year-old was partying into the early hours of Friday morning

Inside the club where the 23-year-old was partying into the early hours of Friday morning

‘I have [the policeman] went, as usual, with Royal to the car and when he realized there was a robbery and the criminal was pointing the gun at Emerson, at the time the criminal got distracted, the policeman started to exchange shots with him.

‘There were around five or six people with him. Each one went to a side running, dodging, because they didn’t know where the shots were coming from.’

Royal is currently on holiday back in his native country after his debut campaign for Tottenham.

The full-back moved to North London from Barcelona for £25.8million last summer and made 41 appearances in all competitions as Spurs qualified for next season’s Champions League.

The 23-year-old made 41 appearances in all competitions in his debut season for Tottenham

The 23-year-old made 41 appearances in all competitions in his debut season for Tottenham

Royal has seven caps for Brazil to his name and has ambitions of going to the World Cup

Royal has seven caps for Brazil to his name and has ambitions of going to the World Cup

He has seven caps for Brazil to his name, but is not included in their squad for friendlies against Japan and Argentina this week.

‘My dream is to go to the World Cup,’ Royal said last month. ‘It’s my biggest goal and there’s no point in hiding it. It is my childhood dream. Things have happened very fast but I think what counts is mature and the will to play. I have a lot of both.

‘I have to deliver on club level to be in Tite’s squad at the end of this year and I’ve been doing that. I believe I’m improving and will keep improving with Conte’s management, too.’

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