Leyton Orient defender Andrea Dossena has discussed his recent arrest after he was accused of shoplifting in Harrods, saying he was treated like ‘a terrorist’, when speaking to Corriere dello Sport.
The 33-year-old, who is currently playing for the Sky Bet League One side, was arrested and bailed pending further enquiries on suspicion of shoplifting at Harrods but has now been cleared of all charges.
Dossena moved from Udinese to Premier League side Liverpool in 2008 for £7m, where he made 18 appearances and scored his one and only goal for the Reds in the 4-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in March 2009.
He later returned to Italy with Napoli and then Sunderland before joining Orient last summer, where he has scored once for the O’s in 13 appearances.
Dossena has spoken to Italy’s Corriere dello Sport about his treatment by the police during the incident, which has been translated by Football Italia and said, “I live five minutes from Harrod’s
“Me, my wife, and my son Romeo went for a day out. We got to the checkout and paid, without noticing that there was a pack of dried beef and a jar of honey in the bag.
“I don’t know how it happened, I was completely oblivious.
“We were put in handcuffs, like you’d do with a terrorist in certain cases. Obviously I was in disbelief, not just because of that, but because I had no idea what was going on and why.
“I didn’t yet realise the ‘error’.
“They asked for my identification, but I didn’t have them [the documents] with me, I’d left them at home.
“They took us to the police station, where they kept us up past half past 10 at night, irrespective of the need of a two-and-a-half-year-old child.
“He has rhythms, schedules and should have had some baby food made up, but instead he couldn’t eat. It’s absurd to treat a child this way.
“I was primarily concerned about my wife and Romeo, who had nothing to do with it, the error was entirely mine.
“But their presence was also good, as I felt their support, I felt the presence of Deborah who is my rock.
“The police confirmed that I had acted in good faith, and two days later the case was closed.”
Orient are currently 21st in Sky Bet League One, in the mix of the third tier’s relegation battle and face Sheffield United and Swindon Town in their last two games of the season.