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‘Footballers Must Stay Humble To Avoid Criminals’- Jermaine Pennant

Former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has warned footballers must be more vigilant after the latest case of criminals targeting players.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were involved in a carjacking attempt by an armed gang in London in July.

Now retired, Pennant, 36, has advised modern day players to “stay humble” to avoid becoming easy targets.

“Now it’s probably even worse because the money in football from TV has gone through the sky,” he told BBC Sport.

“Players are getting paid a lot more and it’s documented in the media. People are aware of how much footballers get paid, especially the high profile ones which we’ve seen recently on social media.

“Social media is a big thing. When you’re – I wouldn’t say showing off – but showing what you’re worth, the goods you’ve got – you’re entitled to and so you should be – but it gives more of an easy target.”

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