Liverpool striker Luis Díaz has made an emotional plea for his father to be launched following his kidnapping in Colombia.
Díaz’s mother and father had been each seized at gunpoint from his hometown of Barrancas by guerillas from the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) on October 28.
The 26-year-old Colombian worldwide’s mom, Cilenis Marulanda was discovered, however his father Luis Manuel Díaz, continues to be lacking.
Díaz got here off the bench to attain an injury-time equaliser in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw in opposition to Luton within the Premier League, lifting his jersey to disclose a message that mentioned “LIBERTAD PARA PAPA”, freedom for Papa.
He then launched a press release begging for his father’s “immediate launch”.
“As we speak the footballer isn’t chatting with you, in the present day Lucho Díaz, the son of Luis Manuel Díaz, is chatting with you,” he wrote.
“My dad is a tireless employee, our pillar within the household and he’s kidnapped.
“Each second, each minute, our anguish grows. My mom, my brothers and I are determined, distressed and with out phrases to explain what we’re feeling.
“This struggling will solely finish when we have now him again dwelling.
“I encourage you to launch him instantly, respecting his integrity and ending this painful wait as quickly as potential.
“Within the title of affection and compassion, we ask that you just rethink your actions and permit us to get well him.”
Jurgen Klopp mentioned through the week that he would let Díaz determine for himself when he was able to play once more.
Díaz was absent from Liverpool’s match in opposition to Nottingham Forest final Sunday, however his teammates expressed their solidarity with the Colombian by holding up certainly one of his jerseys on the pitch after scoring the crew’s first purpose of their 3-0 victory.
The BBC reviews that ELN is Colombia’s major remaining lively guerrilla group.
The group has been preventing the state since 1964 and has an roughly 2,500 members.
AP reported that Colombian particular forces have been trying to find Díaz’s father within the closely forested mountain vary that straddles each Colombia and Venezuela, which is the place the ELN is predicated.
Police additionally provided a $US48,000 ($73,800) reward for info resulting in him being discovered.
It has been reported that the ELN mentioned Díaz’s father could be launched within the coming days.
“I thank the Colombians and the worldwide group for the help obtained,” Díaz wrote in his assertion.
“Thanks for thus many demonstrations of affection and solidarity on this tough time that many households in my nation discover themselves dwelling.”
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