PSG boosts security at homes after thefts

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Paris Saint Germain will boost security at the homes of its players after the family homes of winger Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos were burgled during a match.

Intruders snuck into Di Maria's home in the high-end Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine on Sunday without being noticed.

Di Maria was substituted during the second half of PSG's 2-1 loss to Nantes when club officials were made aware of the incident.

Around the same time, another group of intruders broke into the home of PSG captain Marquinhos' father, the Versailles prosecutor's office confirmed.

In response, PSG said it had decided to temporarily reinforce security near the houses of all its players.

French police have launched an investigation, handled by a special unit dealing with serious robberies and burglaries, Nanterre prosecutor's office said.

The unit was already in charge of inquiries into similar cases linked to PSG players Mauro Icardi and Sergio Rico, whose houses were also burgled during matches this year.

The thieves who broke into Di Maria's house stole watches and jewellery worth more than 500,000 euros ($A770,000), according to L'Equipe newspaper.

Le Parisen newspaper said Marquinhos' father was briefly detained while thieves searched the house in the town of Chatou and robbed luxury bags, jewellery, other items and 2000 euros ($A3000) in cash.

The newspaper said two teenagers were in the house and that the three victims were locked in a room. According to L'Equipe, Marquinhos's father was hit several times in the face and chest.

Quoting the police, Le Parisien said the thieves mistakenly targeted the home of Marquinhos' father thinking it was the player's house. They live close to each other.

A few years ago when he was playing for Manchester United in the Premier League, Di Maria had been the victim of an attempted burglary while at his home, but the alarm sounded before anyone got inside.