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Milan police have defended themselves in the face of footage showing Tiemoue Bakayoko being searched at gunpoint, saying the search was necessary given a dangerous situation taking place at the time.

The incident involving the AC Milan midfielder, who is on loan from Chelsea, happened two weeks ago, but a video of it went viral on Monday after being posted on Twitter.

AC Milan said on Monday that the search occurred after a shooting in the nearby area at that time, with police issuing a statement to Reuters to explain their actions.

The statement read:

It should be noted that the search occurred in an operational context that justified the adoption of the highest security measures.

Also as a function of self-protection, and [it] was carried out in a manner absolutely consistent with the type of alarm in progress.

Once the person had been identified and [it had been] established that he was not involved, the service was resumed without any kind of remark from the person concerned.

Bakayoko, 27, joined Milan on a two-year loan last summer, having also spent the 2018-19 campaign at the San Siro.

He made 14 appearances in Serie A last term as Milan won their first league title in 11 years.

By Amara

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