27 September 2011
The Sun UK
The Manchester United forward's terrified mum Margarita received an email warning she would be abducted unless a large cash sum was handed over.
Anti-Mafia cops arrested suspect Petar Antonov, 38, at his home in the Bulgarian city of Blagoevgrad, where Berbatov grew up and nurse Margarita, 51, still lives.
The swoop came after IT experts allegedly traced the email to Antonov's home computer.
Berbatov, 30 — bought for £31million from Spurs in 2008 — has been targeted by criminals before.
He fled his homeland two years ago after police warned of a plot to snatch him, girlfriend Elena and one-year-old daughter Dea while they were on a visit. And Berbatov was an 18-year-old playing for Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia when he was kidnapped by a local criminal who tried to persuade him to play for his team FC Levski Kjustendil.
Cops are examining whether the threat to his mother was politically motivated.