Colombia’s Carlos Sánchez receives death threats out of foul
Carlos Sánchez earned the red card only three minutes into his country’s opening World Cup game.
Colombian police have launched an investigation into a series of online death threats made against Carlos Sánchez, after the defeat of the team at the Colombia v Japan (1:2) in the group stage of the World Cup, The Guardian reports. Colombia takes such threats seriously.
Carlos Sánchez earned the red card, as he struck out a hand to block Japanese footballer's effort on the line only three minutes into his country’s opening World Cup game. The referee considered his actions a foul and awarded a penalty. Kagawa's resulting penalty came of victory.
One Twitter user posted a picture of Sánchez aligned with a photograph of Andrés Escobar, who was gunned down days after scoring an own goal for Colombia at the 1994 World Cup, and the message: “I propose a dream.”
Escobar shot an own goal against the US team (1:2), so Colombians were read out of 1994 World Cup. Ten days later he was shot dead in his homeland. His killer shouted "Goal!" with every shot. He was sentenced to 43 years, but served only 11 and was released for good behavior.
Amid the thousands of tweets repudiating the threat, others supported the idea. “If Andrés Escobar was killed for scoring an own goal, then Carlos Sánchez should be murdered, and his dead body pissed on,” said one of the replies. Some users push for suicide.
The Colombian radio station Blu Radio has confirmed the judicial arm of the Colombian police has assigned a special cybercrime team to investigate.
Colombia faces Poland in Kazan on Sunday in a must-win tie for both countries. Sánchez, who has 80 caps for his country, will miss the game after picking up a one-match ban.