Everton star suspected of being a jewellery thief
Police swoop on Victor Anichebe while he browses in shop window
While deciding how to dispose of his generous income at the window of a posh jewellery shop in Knutsford, Cheshire yesterday, Everton star Victor Anichebe was deemed to be “acting suspiciously” by Police. Rather than risk letting the wealthy footballer make a purchase, the fuzz decided the best course of action was to slap him in some handcuffs.
The Sun says:
Officers leapt from a car, surrounded the Nigerian-born Everton ace and handcuffed a pal he was with.
An astonished witness told yesterday how the shaken star – on CRUTCHES after being crocked for the season – was grilled by up to five cops in front of afternoon shoppers.
He kept protesting: “I’m a footballer – I play for Everton. Why would I want to rob a shop?”
The Sun continue by quoting Sean Reynolds, a witness of the incident:
“Either Victor or his mate said, ‘If I was a white man it wouldn’t matter – you’re being racist’. A crowd was gathering by this stage. It was getting more and more agitated.”
While it is fair to cite racism as a motivator for this incident, is not also a tiny bit racist to fail to discern between Anichebe and “his mate”? The quote above may as well start: “One of those black folks said…”
Everton have issued a statement claiming the player was “distressed” by the incident, and that they expect a full apology from the police.