According to La Voix du Nord Lille manager Paulo Fonseca was the victim of a burglary in his hotel room in which an estimated €200,000 worth of jewellery was stolen. The perpetrator was given a 30-month prison sentence, six of which were suspended.
Two days before Lille’s game against Marseille, the manager was not present on Friday’s hearing in which he was the victim – after he was robbed on the 8th August in a hotel in the centre of Lille.
The thief was identified from CCTV footage. The suspect’s criminal record already had 36 entries. “I found the bag on a cleaning trolley. In the hallway, I take it,” defended the accused, who has been in custody for a month. “There or in the room, it’s still a theft,” retorted the judge.
Paulo Fonseca is in his first season in Northern France, and has won three games, lost three games, and drawn one in his first seven matches in Ligue 1.