Australian rugby star in kidnap ordeal during holidays in China
Australian professional rugby league club Manly Sea Eagles star Liam Foran's off-season adventure to Shanghai turned into a nightmare when eight Chinese men, led to a warehouse and robbed of 6000 dollars and took him captive.
Describing his ordeal for the first time, Foran said he was walking home alone after a family dinner in the city of 23 million people when a group demanding money confronted him.
The rugby league player, who was carrying little cash, tried to resist his attackers before being directed down a series of lanes and ordered inside an empty warehouse.
There, the men produced a plastic bag full of EFTPOS machines and continued to demand cash.
"When they first asked for money, I wasn't carrying very much," News.com.au quoted Foran, as saying.
"I wasn't too keen to hand over anything, either. I was saying, 'No, you're not getting my money because I don't have any'. But they weren't really taking no for an answer," he added.
"When I realised that they were getting serious with what they wanted, I was out-numbered, so I didn't want to push any wrong buttons," he said.
Foran added: "Once they had my wallet, they swiped my card once and as soon as it got approved they just threw me out the door and said 'go'. It's the first time something like that's happened to me and it does shake you up a bit. I can't see myself probably going back (to China)