- Mesut Ozil offered a message of support to Harry Maguire after the United captain received a bomb threat
- Officers were present at Maguire’s home on Thursday, April 21 after a source revealed Maguire had ‘received a serious threat to his family home’
- Ozil, a former Arsenal man, described the situation as crazy, saying football ‘is never that serious’
Former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has sent Harry Maguire a message after the Manchetsr United captain received a chilling bomb threat on Thursday, April 21.
In the wake of United’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, Maguire received a disturbing threat in his family home in Cheshire, and police had to be dispatched.
According to reports, Maguire received the threats via email on Wednesday, but there was no need for an evacuation.
“In the last 24 hours, Harry has received a serious threat to his family home.” A source told Manchester Evening News.
"He has reported this to the police who are now looking into the matter. The safety of his family and those around him is obviously Harry's number one priority.”
Taking to Twitter hours after the initial bomb threat report got out, Ozil was thoroughly critical of the situation.
"Just read the news about Harry Maguire,” he tweeted.
"This is just insane. Football can never ever be that serious to be threatening a player and his family. I'm shocked. Sometimes football brings out the worst in people. Hopefully all people involved get punished."
Maguire is expected to prepare for Manchester United’s fixture against Arsenal as normal, and will likely feature on Saturday, April 23.
Ozil's run-in with fans in the past
Ozil is no stranger to criticism from fans as he has had his fare share of run-ins with supporters during his time as a football player.
Now at Fernebahce, Ozil used to be heavily criticized over his alleged lack of work ethic when he was playing at Arsenal.
Despite his immense talent, the German was at times called out for being a bit “lazy” and passive during games.
After a major falling out with Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal hierarchy, Ozil eventually left the Gunners for Turkey after nearly a year of not playing for the North London side.
Ronaldo’s message to Liverpool fans
Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Liverpool supporters for the support shown to him during the game against Manchester United on Tuesday, April 19.
A minute’s applause was observed during Manchester United’s trip to Anfield on Tuesday by both sets of supporters in what was a beautiful moment.
Ronaldo was a notable absentee from the game, and understandably so, as he was grieving the passing of his newborn son.
Source: Sports Brief News