June 4, 2018 / 2:05 PM / 4 months ago

West Ham manager Pellegrini mugged by armed robbers in Chile

(Reuters) - West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini and his wife were mugged by armed robbers in Chile on Saturday, according to local media reports.

FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer - Manchester City News Conference - Bernabeu stadium, Madrid, Spain - 3/5/16 Manchester City's coach Manuel Pellegrini during the news conference. REUTERS/Paul Hanna Picture Supplied by Action Images

Pellegrini, who is from Chile, and his wife were with two friends near a restaurant in the Santiago suburb of Vitacura when the armed gang targeted them. The robbers stole a handbag belonging to Pellegrini’s wife Carola Pucci before they fired at police as they escaped in a stolen car.

Former Manchester City manager Pellegrini, 64, was unharmed in the incident and thanked Chilean police for their quick response in a tweet in Spanish.

“Congratulations @Carabdechile for their quick and courageous reaction. I appreciate the support of the people. Hopefully more facilities will be granted to Carabineros to solve the crime as soon as possible,” Pellegrini tweeted.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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