Belgian Police stormed an Antwerp hotel after guests mistook Roma midfielder, Radja Nainggolan for a terrorist. Police were called to the scene but officers recognised the footballer and the matter was finally put to rest. Guests had been alarmed by his hat and tattoos, and called the police. Once everyone calmed down, he was happy to pose for photographs with the officers who had put things straight. He was relaxing with family at the time of the ‘incident’, utilising a little extra down time after Belgium’s friendly against Spain was cancelled.
The fear of terrorism that prompted that postponement has permeated cities in several countries across Europe, following the attacks in Paris last week – one of which was outside the Stade de France as France played Germany – that claimed the lives of more than 100 people. Germany’s home match against the Netherlands was also called off on Tuesday evening after a bomb scare. Evidently people’s nervousness and unease are still high. There are also voices on social media who don’t consider it a coincidence that this has happened to a Belgian with an Indonesian father. Regardless of what this says about where society is going, the player himself is going back to the Italian capital for Roma’s Serie A match with Bologna this weekend.
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