According to media reports, FC Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was threatened with a gun and beaten with an iron bar during a robbery at his home in Spain. At least four hooded people broke into the 33-year-old striker’s house in Castelldefels near Barcelona early Monday morning, the newspaper “El País”, the Catalan radio station RAC1 and other Spanish media reported, citing the police of the Catalonia region.

According to these reports, the former Dortmund striker and his partner were surprised around 1 a.m. and held at bay and intimidated with guns and iron bars, among other things. Both were also beaten. Under threats, the Gabonese footballer was forced to open the safe from which the thieves had stolen jewelry, it said. The perpetrators then escaped undetected in a car. The police have started the investigation.

Meanwhile, the usually well-informed radio station RAC1 revealed more details: According to this, the footballer and his partner were held on the ground for an hour. Aubameyang was hit on the chin by one of the robbers with a metal bar. His partner was also hit in the head. Both suffered minor injuries but are in good health. There was initially no comment from the professional.

On request, the Catalan police confirmed an armed robbery in Castelldefels, but did not want to reveal the identities of the victims. However, the media reports were not denied.

In Spain, football professionals have been victims of burglaries for years. However, the robbers usually make sure no one is home. Robert Lewandowski, who switched from FC Bayern Munich to Barça in the summer, recently learned that Barcelona is not the safest city. A luxury wristwatch was snatched from his wrist through the open car window. The police were able to locate the culprit and returned the watch to Lewandowski.