The recently retired United midfielder was apparently crossing the road in city centre Manchester and was subsequently picked up by the authorities. The police have yet to disclose when Scholes will be released.
Of course, this is a major embarrassment for Manchester police who have never before mistook an actual person for a piece of road traffic safety equipment.
Speaking from his prison cell, former England star Scholes believes he was a victim of ‘gingerism’ and will be taking legal action against the officers involved.
He said: “I’m still in shock to be honest. I kept saying to them ‘I’m not a bloody traffic cone’, but they wouldn’t listen.
“No matter how loud I shouted, they kept laughing and saying it was funny that a traffic cone could talk.”
A spokesperson from the anti-gingerism charity, Ginger Walls, have expressed their support for the footballer.
“We at Ginger Walls have pledged our unconditional support for Paul Scholes over this shocking incident.
“While other political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela have been given major publicity at their time of need, we would urge the public to show the same level of enthusiasm for Paul and his ginger related fight.”
Manchester Metropolitan Police have released this statement:
“Every member of the the Metropolitan Police force would like to express our deepest regret and sadness over the incident involving Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
“Mr Scholes will be released once all the paper work and appropriate background checks have been completed.”