In an incident of mistaken identity, Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko was stopped by armed police in Italy. Dramatic video captures the moment he was stopped by the officers in the Italian city.
According to reports, Bakayoko was held at gunpoint and pushed out of his car after arriving at a checkpoint in the Porta Garibaldi neighborhood.
The 27-year-old is shown being thoroughly patted down by a male police officer in a video tweeted by an Italian journalist while pressed up against a police vehicle. Two additional officers maintain their weapons focused on Bakayoko’s vehicle.
The contents of Bakayoko’s pockets, which seem to have been empty during the ordeal, are deposited on the roof.
The hunt comes to an end when one of the cops appears to understand that it was a case of mistaken identity.
The player was held, but as soon as the police were able to confirm that he was unrelated to what had occurred, they released him with an apology.
However, the Milan Police Headquarters claims that the Bakayoko tragedy was a case of mistaken identity. The incident has stirred controversy, with accusations of racism from the Italian police force.
The Italian Police, however, issued a statement in response to the accusations of racism directed against them and outlining the conduct of those present at the incident as those remarks are inappropriate.
The Frenchman played for AC Milan last season and was instrumental in the club’s first Serie A championship in more than ten years. Furthermore, Marseille has emerged as a potential destination for Bakayoko, who is anticipated to leave Chelsea this summer after failing to impress after joining for £40 million from Monaco in 2017.
The 27-year-old made a lucrative transfer to Chelsea in 2017, moving from Monaco to Stamford Bridge for £40 million.
Nevertheless, despite spending five years at the club, the change has not been successful. He played at Chelsea from the 2017–18 season until the end of his first season, during which he made 43 appearances in all competitions.
Since then, he has played on loan for AC Milan, Monaco, Napoli, and then AC Milan once again, where he won the Serie A championship the most recent season.