Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan mistaken for terrorist on international duty

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Just a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris took place on what was meant to be another normal afternoon in the French capital, every nation and its residents are understandably on high alert.

We, as a European community, have come together and shown our support for the victims that tragically lost their lives in what was a barbaric and cowardly attack committed by ISIS.

It's true to say that people are being as careful as possible in the wake of this horrific incident, suggested by a huge misunderstanding involving Belgium stalwart, Radja Nainggolan.


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The Roma midfielder was staying at the Radisson Blu Astrid hotel in Antwerp after a friendly between his native Belgium and Spain was cancelled due to security reasons.

What the 27-year-old did not expect, however, is the paranoia upon his arrival, which prompted residents to call the police amidst their suspicions he was in fact a terrorist.

Once they arrived at the hotel, officers immediately went to Nainggolan and recognised him for who he actually is: an innocent, professional footballer.

After the questionable misinterpretation from the hotel's guests, Nainggolan said, according to the Telegraph: "Some customers at the hotel thought I looked threatening. Luckily, the police recognised me quickly and I had a photo with the officers."

Alas, a lighthearted and comedic mistake does wonders in a period where the hearts of Europe have been undoubtedly shaken.

One must wonder, though, how tattoo sleeves and a blonde mohawk could be mistaken for a universal terrorist look.


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