Erik Lamela’s brother kidnap during Spurs debut
The new Tottenham Hotspur signing Erik Lamerla had to suffer through a tormenting test at the eve of his debut after his brother was kidnapped. Lamela, who made started his journey under a White jersey, was informed that armed carjackers held up his brother for ransom back home in Argentina.
The 21-year-old winger, who has arrived at Tottenham Hotspur for a club record of £30 million from Roma during the summer transfer window, caught the eyes of spectators at White Hart Lane. The Argentinean came off the bench later in the game, which Tottenham Hotspur won 2-0 over Norwich City on Saturday.
After the game ended Lamela learnt that his brother was being held for ransom by kidnappers. According to reports from Italy, Lamela’s brother Axel was kidnapped at gunpoint at Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina.
It is still not clear whether Axel was kidnapped from the Vicente Lopez area of Buenos Aires because the kidnappers knew he was the brother of Lamela or because of the BMW he was driving.
Anyways, the whole saga came to a quiet end after Lamela’s family paid 5,000 pesos (£550) as ransom money on Friday. The kidnappers used Axel’s cell phone to contact his family and make their demands.
Reports from Argentina suggest Lamela’s family will not be pursuing the matter. Instead they are just glad to have Axel back and hope this saga has come to an end.
“They told us to get the ransom money and make sure the police were not involved. They came to our front door to collect the money,” the elder brother of Erik and Axel Lamela, Brian said.
“They did not cover their faces and the security cameras at our house recorded them. My brother is calm. All of us think it was a random incident -- they simply kidnapped him for the car and nothing else.”
Lamela played in Argentina before making a big move to Roma in 2011. In Argentina, Lamela used to play with River Plate.