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Tottenham star Emerson Royal has opened up on the harrowing moment he was robbed and almost shot while holidaying back in Brazil.
The 23-year-old was caught up in the traumatic incident outside a nightclub in Sao Paolo, where he was approached by armed individual. Fortunately, an off-duty police officer was nearby and intervened to ensure both men were able to escape unscathed – even though a number of shots were fired. The armed assailant was taken to a local hospital after a bullet hit him the back.
Royal – who racked up 41 appearances for Spurs in his first season in the Premier League – took to social media earlier this week to thank the officer for stepping in – and he has now revealed the measures he took to try and get away from the armed individual.
Speaking to SportTV, Royal said: “At that moment, God controlled me in a way… because it felt like nothing was happening. I approached the bandit, saying ‘calm down, calm down, everyone is calm, I’ll give you what you want’
“When I give him what he wants, I approach him, because I’d already seen his evil look. I saw that he wasn’t just for the watch. When I hand it to him, he walks away and unlocks his gun to shoot me.
“When he’s about to shoot me, I pushed him, slap the gun and he shoots in the air. He fired. It was at that moment, when I pushed him, that he loses his balance and the cop shoots him. Then when he hits the shot, the rush starts.
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“I say, it’s God at the moment. Because we were in a square, there were 15 people more or less. In a small square. And he starts shooting everywhere and doesn’t hit anyone.
“He fired 17 or 19 shots, if I’m not mistaken. He had a gun that was a 9mm, if I’m not mistaken, semi-automatic. It’s a weapon that is not normal for a bandit, nor a policeman.
“Then I understood that it was a moment that could cost me my life, but it served as a lesson for me to be careful in several situations. And I’m calm now.”
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