McLaren’s Lando Norris is “shaken” but thankfully “unhurt” after being confronted outside Wembley Stadium and having his watch stolen.
Norris, who was at Wembley to see England play Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday night, was ‘ambushed by yobs’, according to The Sun, as he returned to his car after the match.
He was grabbed by one person while another took off his prototype Richard Mille watch worth £40,000 on a night full of incidents and chaos as thousands without tickets tried to storm into Wembley.
An eyewitness told The Sun: “Lando was held and another robber pulled off his watch in a split second. Lando looked pretty shaken up. Security had been a nightmare all night.”
After attending the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley last night, Lando Norris was robbed while getting into his McLaren GT.
He was left "unharmed," but his $100,000 custom Richard Mille watch was stolen.
Not easy to sell a one-of-one watch. pic.twitter.com/9UUt96j1b1
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McLaren confirmed the incident via a statement on Monday night and said the matter is now being investigated by the police.
‘McLaren Racing can confirm that Lando Norris was involved in an incident, after the Euro 2020 final match at Wembley, during which the watch he was wearing was taken,’ a statement read.
‘Thankfully, Lando was unharmed but he is understandably shaken.
‘The team is supporting Lando and we are sure that racing fans will join us in wishing him all the best for the British Grand Prix this weekend.
‘As this is now a police matter we cannot comment further.’
The final between England and Italy was the first football game Norris had ever been to and, despite the incident, still described the game as a “special” one.
He added to Sky F1: “It was a game of ups and downs. It started very well but it did not end the way we wanted. It was a pleasure to be a part of it and go there and cheer them on.
“To feel the atmosphere in the stadium was pretty epic.”