Monday 19 March 2018

'I forgot to pay for a jar of honey' – former Liverpool star on Harrods arrest for shoplifting

Andrea Dossena when he signed for Liverpool
Andrea Dossena when he signed for Liverpool Newsdesk Newsdesk

Former Liverpool player Andrea Dossena says he was arrested at Harrods because of an "oversight" and has threatened legal action over reports which appeared to suggest otherwise.

Former Liverpool full-back Andrea Dossena has been held by police on suspicion of shoplifting at Harrods.

The Italian international, who now plays with League One Leyton Orient, was arrested – along with his wife – at the Knightsbridge department store on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Liverpool Echo.

"Police arrested a 33-year-old male and a 31-year-old woman on April 7 on suspicion of shoplifting at Harrods," a spokesman told the Liverpool Echo.

"They were taken to a west London police station.

"Both the man and woman have been bailed to a date in late April, pending further enquiries."

Dossena’s agent had claimed the pair were held after their child picked up a book and carried it out of the store, but the player has told the Guardian that the incident occurred after forgetting to pay for honey and sliced meats that was earlier ordered and was compounded by the fact he was not carrying any formal identification.

“I was in Harrods with my wife and my son for some shopping and I forgot to pay a honey jar and some sliced meats we had previously ordered," he said.

“While exiting the shop unaware of my oversight, I was stopped by security guards [who] then called the police as a standard routine procedure.

“As I wasn’t carrying with me any identity documents at the time, I was asked to go to the nearest police station in order to be identified after which I left and went back home.”

Dossena famously scored two fantastic goals in a week for the club in 2009, in fantastic wins against Real Madrid and then Manchester United.

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