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Man City’s Erling Haaland faces armed police in Marbella Club incident

19. June 2024
Erling Haaland (foto: Uradni FB/TW/IG profil igralca)
Erling Haaland, the prolific Manchester City striker, found himself in an unexpected and alarming situation while enjoying his summer break in Marbella.

The 23-year-old Norwegian star, fresh off a historic Premier League title-winning season and another Golden Boot triumph, was caught up in an armed police raid at the popular Playa Padre beach club.     

Haaland, who had been savoring his time off following a demanding season and a disappointing Euro 2024 qualification campaign with Norway, was asked to identify himself by balaclava-clad police officers. The incident, which involved security forces in riot gear and a helicopter circling overhead, turned a leisurely day at the beach into a memorable ordeal for all the wrong reasons.   

The striker, who is a frequent visitor to Marbella and its renowned nightlife spots, was forced to present his ID amidst the chaos. The raid at Playa Padre is part of a broader crackdown by local authorities under Operation Marbella, aimed at ensuring security and compliance in the region’s bustling tourist hotspots. A similar operation had recently taken place at the famous Ocean Beach club in Puerto Banus, highlighting the authorities' increased vigilance.   

Tourists in the area have been advised to expect these unscheduled and unexpected raids. Local police have reassured the public, stating, “there’s nothing serious going on” and emphasizing that these are “routine” checks. However, the dramatic nature of the operations has undoubtedly left an impression on visitors, including Haaland, who was previously seen partying with DJs at a Marbella nightspot.   

Erling Haaland’s vacation in southern Spain, which followed a stint in France, has certainly been eventful. The incident at Playa Padre may make him reconsider future visits to the region, despite its allure and his fondness for the area. The situation underscores the unpredictable nature of such raids, even affecting high-profile individuals like Haaland.   

As Haaland looks to recharge before the new season, this episode serves as a stark reminder of the unexpected challenges that can arise, even in moments of leisure. The Manchester City star’s experience in Marbella is likely to be a topic of discussion among fans and media, adding an unexpected twist to his off-season narrative. 

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