Tiemoue Bakayoko was arrested in Italy a few days ago after being held at gunpoint by police, in what proved to be a case of mistaken identity.

Police had set up a roadblock following a shootout between two gangs, and the Milan midfielder was stopped and searched, before the officers realised their mistake.

Bakayoko has now spoken about the incident, and while he isn’t upset with the error, he disagreed with how the police went about their business.

“Authorities stated it was a mistake and they realised only in real time,” he said. “Being wrong is human, no problem with that, but the way they used those have been a problem for me. I believe they went too far.

“The problem is not the error but the methodology used. I found the weapon within a metre of me and the passenger. They clearly put us in danger regardless of the reasons that led to doing this.”

Police defend themselves

The Italian pole have defended the actions of their officers, stating they carried out their duties in an appropriate manner.

“It should be noted that the search occurred in an operational context that justified the adoption of the highest security measures,” read a statement.

“Also as a function of self-protection, and [it] was carried out in a manner absolutely consistent with the type of alarm in progress.

“Once the person had been identified and [it had been] established that he was not involved, the service was resumed without any kind of remark from the person concerned.”


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