BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Another elimination for Colombia, a new wave of death threats against a player.
Twenty-five years after the murder of a player whose own-goal led to Colombia’s elimination at a World Cup, the nation is seeing threats against a player who missed a decisive penalty kick in the Copa América.
Defender William Tesillo said on Monday he and his family have received death threats because of his miss in a quarterfinal on Friday. The threats were made public by his wife on Sunday.
“They’ve written me and my wife (on social media),” he told the daily El País.
Tesillo’s wife, Daniela Mejía, said on Instagram some of the threats alluded to former Colombia defender Andrés Escobar, who was murdered days after he scored an own-goal in the 1994 World Cup.
The threats were made known to local authorities, who said they were working to try to identify those behind them.
Tesillo’s father said his son took the initiative to take the decisive penalty because nobody else wanted to do it.
“I was convinced he would score,” the player’s father, who is also called William Tesillo, told Caracol Radio. “We can only pray after seeing these threats against us. You have to realize that this is football and you can win or lose.”
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