Former Nigeria national team captain and ex-Arsenal player, Kanu Nwankwo, had the sum of £8,200 in cash stolen from his suitcase shortly after he arrived Moscow from London.
Russian police said it was stolen by two baggage handlers at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
London’s Evening Standard newspaper reports today that Kalu reported the money missing when he reached Kaliningrad, where he was playing in a World Cup curtain raiser game organised by FIFA.
Lt.Col Irina Volk, spokeswoman for the Russian interior ministry said the workers were dealing with the baggage from a London-to-Moscow flight. Kanu, who travelled on a British passport, had appealed to police in Kaliningrad for help, she said.
“The stolen cash was removed and will soon be returned to the owner”, she said.
The baggage handlers, aged 30 and 36, face criminal investigation and could be jailed for up to six years if found guilty
Kanu played alongside ex-Manchester United and England star Wes Brown in a FIFA legends side.