Most people are still perplexed as to why AC Milan’s star player Bakayoko, who is now on loan from Chelsea FC, was stopped and questioned by armed police in Italy.
In a video posted on social media today, Monday, July 18, 2022, it was shown that the police searched the player thoroughly without knowing who he was until another officer confirmed that he was a football player.
When the Italian police came forward to officially address the situation as a case of mistaken identity, the video sparked uproar on social media.
Goal.com reports that the Milan police headquarters issued the following public statement via ANSA:
“These comments are out of place.”The check was triggered because Bakayoko and the other passenger corresponded perfectly, by chance, to the descriptions [of people wanted by the police], and of course it ended when it was realised that he [the police officer] had stopped a person who had nothing to do with it.”
Shocking footage of Milan’s Bakayoko in Milan’s downtown held at gunpoint by police cause taken for someone else.
Check when one of cop goes telling to the colleague searching him that it’s not the suspect but a Milan player, and the cop saying “WHO?!?”
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 18, 2022