Andrea’s honey ‘buy’ turns sour
JUST when Leyton Orient’s dire season looked to be improving, they are back in the headlines for the wrong reasons – all over some honey and sliced meat.
O’s defender Andrea Dossena was arrested by police on suspicion of shoplifting at Harrods last Tuesday, though the former Liverpool player has protested his innocence, insisting he simply ‘forgot’ to pay for a jar of honey and some sliced meats, and the whole thing was an oversight.
The former Italian international’s brush with the law reminded us at The Football League Paper of other incidents over the years.
In 2007, then-Portsmouth right-back Glen Johnson and Millwall striker Ben May were fined £80 each by police for attempting to take a toilet seat and bath taps from DIY store B&Q.
Shortly after signing for Manchester United on a £70,000-a-week contract, goalkeeper David de Gea was accused of stealing a doughnut from Tesco priced at £1.19, but was eventually able to explain he had left his wallet in his car and always intended to return to pay for the glazed treat.
Then-Southampton winger Nathan Dyer was sentenced to 60 hours of community service and ordered to pay £392.50 compensation after pleading guilty to stealing £85 in cash, cigarettes, mobile phones and bank cards from the staff room of a nightclub in Southsea.
And Rob Lee and Warren Barton were arrested in 2007 for stealing a Mercedes E220 limousine, which they crashed into a van after a night out in London.
The owner later decided not to press charges against the former Newcastle United players.
CONTROVERSY: Italian Andrea Dossena