Video footage has emerged showing police in Italy searching Tiemoue Bakayoko as part of a search for a suspect in a shooting.
Italian police officers stopped and searched Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in Milan.
Upon finding Bakayoko at a roadblock in the Porta Garibaldi area, armed police officers reportedly forced the AC Milan loan star out of his vehicle as a suspect in a recent shootout in the area.
In a video shared by Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, the cops had Bakayoko pressed up against a police car. One officer searched him, while the other two kept their firearms pointed at the player’s vehicle. They soon released him after the check.
The incident took place in Milan on July 3, but went viral on social media on Monday.
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
AC Milan release a statement
The Serie A champions have said the police apologized to Bakayoko after the incident.
“After a shootout in the area where the midfielder happened to be, the police started making checks,” an AC Milan spokesperson said.
“The player was stopped, but as soon as the police verified that he had nothing to do with what happened, they apologized and let him go.”
Bakayoko rejoined AC Milan last summer on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea for the second time in his career, having spent the 2018/19 campaign at San Siro as well.
The 27-year-old made 18 appearances across all competitions last season and won his first Serie A winner’s medal.