Kolo Toure's maid has insisted that she was treated like a 'slave' and was paid less than the national minimum wage.
As reported by The Sun, Alice Sawyer has revealed that she was so terrified of Toure's wife, Awo, that she fled last weekend.
Incredibly, though, Alice has insisted that Awo wouldn't hand over her passport as she attempted to leave the job.
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Alice stated: “I arrived at the house to get my things and said I was leaving.
“She made me open my luggage and turn my things upside down to make sure I hadn’t stolen anything.
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“I asked for my passport — they had it because they’d booked a trip to Spain for a Liverpool FC training camp two weeks earlier and needed it for the flight details.
“Awo told me that Mr Toure had it but I’d seen it in the perfume cabinet when I was cleaning.
“She just kept saying, ‘If you want to leave then leave’ but I said I wouldn’t without my passport.
“I was upset and started to feel scared and alone — she was shouting trying to get me out the door.
“She’s a bully and even started filming me in tears sat on the stairs, which made me feel small.
“I was crying down the phone to my sister who was so worried about me she called the police.
“I didn’t know she’d made the call until we saw the car pull up on CCTV cameras. I was so relieved.”
Ridiculous working hours
Alice has also given an insight into her role, claiming that she had to work well over the 12 hours that was expected of her.
In fact, the maid wasn't allowed to call Toure's wife by her name, instead having to call her 'Madam'.
Alice continued by saying: “I wish I’d never met them. It was awful.
“I was supposed to be working from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday but often my shift would run on until as late as 3am.
“I was rarely given a day off and would usually work weekends.
“I’d start first thing cleaning the kitchen and then would move on to the whole house — dusting, vacuuming, changing the beds, doing washing and helping prep the food.
“It was non-stop. I was on my feet all the time. All I’d hear was shouting and nagging.
“She even made me call her ‘Madam’ instead of her real name.
“She’d get angry all the time. No matter what I did it was wrong.
“She’d run her hand over surfaces I’d dusted and make me do it again. She’d get up in my face shouting and pointing her finger."
Astonishingly, Liverpool defender Toure, who is paid as much as £90,000-a-week, earns 257 times more than Alice, who is paid just £350-a-week.
The Sun also claims that Toure, who has 118 caps for the Ivory Coast, is the sixth richest African footballer in the world.
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