Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma has opened up on being falsely arrested by the police on suspicion of attempted murder.
The incident occurred just days before the UK went into lockdown in March, after a stabbing occurred on 16 March.
Danjuma – who joined the Cherries in a £13.7million move from Club Brugge last summer – was walking through the town centre when he was suddenly approached by police and put in handcuffs.
Danjuma describes the shocking incident as “embarrassing” and “frustrating”, as he was offered no explanation of why he was apprehended.
“I was walking through the town and going to the Hilton to eat something,” the 23-year-old told The Sun.
“Suddenly there was a police car there and two police officers came out of it. One said ‘Put your hands on the fence!’.
“I asked, ‘What did I do?’ They said ‘Put your hands on the fence, shut up!’
“So I put my hands on the fence and asked again, ‘What did I do?’ They said to wait for the other officers to arrive.
“They came and I asked again. It was embarrassing. People were taking pictures and it got me frustrated so I went mad on the cop.
“I told him things I shouldn’t have said. But I got frustrated and angry and in the end he said, ‘You’re not the one we’re looking for, you can go’.”
Despite not receiving an apology from the police, Danjuma opted against making a formal complaint or releasing a statement.
He says the incident is just one of many times he has been stopped by the police on account of being black.
Danjuma added: “I’ve been through racism a lot and have developed a skin against it.
“There are loads of things that happen regularly to me. The police will stop me every now and then just because I drive a huge car.
“Then they will just say it’s a check-up, but you know it’s not a check-up.”