UPDATED: Dossena arrested after his son 'steals' a book from Harrods

Arrest: Andrea Dossena
Arrest: Andrea Dossena

Former Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena was arrested in Harrods on Tuesday after his three-year-old son was accused of trying to steal a book from the store, his representative has claimed.

The 33-year-old Italian and his wife were arrested yesterday afternoon at the plush London shop, but his representative Gary Sloane suggested the incident was merely a misunderstanding. 

“It was a family shopping trip to Harrods and their little boy was carrying his own bag," said Slone in a statement.

“He put a kids’ book in there and it set the security alarms off as they left the shop.

“Andrea and his wife didn’t have any ID with them so they had to go to the police station just to verify who they were.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that officers were called to the Knightsbridge store yesterday, before they escorted the player - who now plays for League One side Leyton Orient - off the premises. 

A spokesman said: “Police arrested a 33-year-old male and a 31-year-old woman on April 7 on suspicion of shoplifting at Harrods.

“They were taken to a west London police station where Both the man and woman have been bailed to a date in late April, pending further enquiries."

Dossena signed for Liverpool in 2008, scoring his first goal for the club against the Real Madrid in March 2009, but his career has suffered something of a fall from grace since his left Anfield in 2010.

Spells at Napoli and Sunderland brought some success before he made the move to Leyton Orient last summer.

Dossena has yet to make any public comment about the Harrods incident.