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'Monster FW' says police stop 'humiliating' while on vacation

World-class striker Elling Holland (Manchester City) was stopped and searched by local police while on vacation.

"Manchester City's Elling Holland showed his ID to police officers who raided the club," British media outlet The Sun reported on Sunday (June 17).

According to the media, after completing the 2023-2024 season, Holland has been vacationing on the beach in Marbella, Spain. Europe is currently abuzz with the European Football Association (UEFA) 2024 European Championship (Euro 2024), which kicked off on June 15 in Germany, but Holland's home country Norway failed to qualify for the tournament.

To qualify for the 24-nation tournament, teams had to finish at least second in their group stage qualifiers, but Norway finished third in Group A behind Spain and Scotland.

After missing out on Euro 2024, Holland has been enjoying a longer vacation than most players. He is currently relaxing on a sunny Spanish beach when he was unexpectedly stopped and searched by local police.

"The Premier League goalscorer was filmed reaching into his pockets to pull out his ID while on vacation in the resort of Marbella, surprised by police demands," the outlet explained.

"Spanish police are currently conducting raids as part of a crackdown on organized crime," it said, adding, "Holland was unlucky enough to be caught up in one of the random stops. It is understood that he was not doing anything wrong, but was simply subjected to a routine police check."

According to the media, up to 200 local police in riot gear searched the beachside club in an effort to <a href="" target="_blank" title="토토사이트">토토사이트</a> crack down on criminal organizations. Uninvolved tourists, including Holland, were forced to show their IDs during the raids.

However, the police stop of one of the world's best strikers and soccer stars has sparked controversy among fans, who claim they either didn't recognize him or thought he looked suspicious and asked for identification.

After scoring 36 goals in the Premier League last season, setting a new single-season record for most goals in the league, and winning the Golden Boot, City's striker was the Premier League's top scorer for the second consecutive season in 2023-24, with 27 league goals and five assists.

Holland's performance led City to another Premier League title, becoming the first team to win four consecutive Premier League titles since the league's inception in 1992.

However, aside from the title, Holland's performances this season have been criticized for not living up to his reputation, with Manchester United legend Roy Keane labeling some of his performances as "fourth division". After an eventful year, it will be interesting to see if Holland can improve on last season's performance after a well-rested summer and a thorough preparation for next season.