An­drea’s honey ‘buy’ turns sour

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

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

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