Chelsea’s Reece James has medals stolen during Champions League tie with Zenit
James a substitute against Zenit
Chelsea kicked off their Champions League defence with a nervy 1-0 win over Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg thanks to a second-half Romelu Lukaku header. Reece James was forced to make do with a place among the substitutes for Thomas Tuchel’s side, but came on in the second half to help ensure that the three points remained in London.
🔵 Romelu Lukaku has now scored 4 goals in 4 games for Chelsea. Signing of the season? #UCL pic.twitter.com/1fdMo2fZTI
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 14, 2021
However, unbeknown to James, things were rather more sour at home.
Reece James takes to instagram in appeal for help
The Chelsea man was subject to a robbery whilst he was out of the house, with the burglars stealing the safe in which he keeps his Champions League, Super Cup and Euro 2020 runner up medals. In an attempt to regain these once in a lifetime objects, the defender took to instagram to beg for help from the public.
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In his Instagram post, James wrote:
On the evening of the 14th of September 2021 when I was playing for my club in the return of the Champions League, a group of cowardly robbers broke into my house.
They managed to collectively lift a heavy safe containing some personal items of mine into their car. I never keep any jewellery of mine in my house so all that was contained in the safe were my Champions League winners medal and Super Cup winners medal and the runners up medal for the Euro 2020.
These medals were won representing Chelsea and England – honours that can never be taken away from me whether or not I have the physical medals to prove it. Nevertheless, I am appealing to all my Chelsea and England fans to help identify and turn in these low life individuals who will never be able to rest easy as the evidence is mounting against them.
The police, my advisers and Chelsea FC (and many others) are all behind me as we have firm leads on who the perpetrators are. We are closing in on them. Luckily, no one was present during the break in but I want to let all of you know I am safe and well. I really do appreciate having the platform to tell you all about my misfortune and I hope together we can catch these individuals and deliver justice where it is due.
Hopefully, his plea helps him find those responsible, and allows the youngster to reclaim his honours.