A significant army and police search is beneath means in Colombia for the daddy of Liverpool ahead Luis Diaz, with the authorities providing a £40,000 reward for data resulting in his rescue.
Greater than 120 troopers, plus police, searched northern Colombia for Luis Manuel Diaz on Sunday, amid studies armed males had taken him and his spouse.
The participant’s mom, Cilenis Marulanda, was present in Barrancas on Saturday.
Diaz was absent from the Liverpool facet which beat Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
The military mentioned it had arrange roadblocks and deployed two motorised platoons, unmanned plane, helicopters and a aircraft with radar within the seek for his father.
The Colombian authorities haven’t supplied particulars concerning the reported kidnapping, however native media mentioned Diaz’s mom and father had been taken by armed males on bikes at a gasoline station in Barrancas, their residence city, which is in La Guajira, the nation’s northern area.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino wrote on Instagram: “On behalf of Fifa and the worldwide soccer neighborhood, I want to lengthen our assist and prayers to Luis Diaz, his household and his pals in these tough instances.”
The Colombia Soccer Federation (FCF) issued a press release on X, previously often called Twitter, to demand the discharge of Diaz’s father “with out situations”.
It added: “We ask the captors of Luis Manuel Diaz to launch him now. Soccer is peace. Lucho, we’re with you. Colombia is with you.”
Colombia President Gustavo Petro mentioned “all the general public forces have been deployed” to search out Diaz’s father.
Talking on Sunday, the director of the Nationwide Police, Common William Rene Salamanca, introduced a reward of “as much as 200m pesos” (about £40,000) for data.
Lawyer Common Francisco Barbosa mentioned he had contacted Diaz twice to supply him with updates on the investigation.
Barbosa instructed Diaz that data has been obtained concerning the likelihood that his father could possibly be in Venezuela – a scenario which, Barbosa mentioned, would require intervention by President Petro.
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp devoted Sunday’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Forest to Diaz, saying they’d received “for our brother”.
Surrounded by his team-mates, Diogo Jota held up Diaz’s quantity seven shirt after scoring Liverpool’s first objective.
Liverpool mentioned earlier than the sport that they had been “conscious of an ongoing scenario” involving the household of Diaz and that his welfare “will proceed to be our quick precedence”.
Vanessa Buschschluter, Latin America and Caribbean editor
The variety of kidnappings in Colombia has fallen massively since 2000, when greater than 3,500 folks had been seized by guerrilla teams or prison gangs. For the previous years it has been within the low a whole bunch.
However this 12 months that quantity has been on the rise, doubling from 77 within the first six months of 2022 to 161 in the identical interval in 2023, in keeping with Colombia’s ministry of defence. Virtually all the kidnappings are actually carried out for ransom, the ministry says.
The border space with Venezuela, the place Diaz’s mother and father had been reportedly seized, is among the many worst hit as gangs which additionally have interaction in smuggling and other people trafficking look to make fast cash. They aim well-off people and demand excessive sums for his or her launch.
Unverified CCTV footage shared by Colombian media exhibits males on bikes following the automotive which Diaz’s mother and father had been travelling in, which seems to recommend that they’d been singled out by the criminals.
Police haven’t mentioned if the household has been approached with any ransom calls for.
Specialised anti-kidnapping and anti-extortion police items have been deployed to the world to free Luis Manuel Diaz.