14 Mar 2009

Football star mistaken for jewel thief

6:49 am on 14 March 2009

The Everton striker Victor Anichebe has demanded an apology from police after being confronted by officers who thought the Premier League football player was part of a gang of violent jewel thieves.

An Everton spokesman says Anichebe and a friend were peering in the window of a jewellers in the affluent town of Knutsford, northern England, when police pounced, believing the pair were scouting the premises.

A row ensued with the 20-year-old Nigerian, who is on crutches after undergoing surgery on a knee injury, and his friend handcuffed.

The pair were released when officers realised their mistake, but the incident left Anichebe upset and distressed.

The Everton club spokesperson says they expect Anichebe to receive a full and unreserved apology from the police, and both he and the club would then consider the matter closed.