Liverpool Forward’s Father Released After 12 Days in Captivity
Liverpool forward Luis Manuel Diaz’s father, Luis Manuel Diaz, has been released after spending 12 harrowing days in captivity. The news came just two hours before Liverpool’s Europa League game against Toulouse, leaving Diaz with mixed emotions but still determined to start the match.
The family’s ordeal began on October 28 when Diaz’s parents were accosted by gunmen at a petrol station in their hometown of Barrancas, Colombia. The left-wing guerrilla group National Liberation Army (ELN) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The motives behind the abduction, however, remain unclear.
Fortunately, Diaz’s father was released unharmed, bringing immense relief to the Diaz family and their supporters. The safe return of the elder Diaz was celebrated by family, friends, and fans who gathered outside the grandfather’s home in Barrancas.
The ordeal received widespread condemnation and sparked protests, with pressure from the international community playing a crucial role in the safe release. Humanitarian staff from the United Nations and officials from the Catholic Church were involved in the handover, ensuring Diaz’s father’s safe return.
Following his release, Diaz’s father was taken to the city of Valledupar for medical checks before reuniting with his family in Barrancas. This emotional reunion is eagerly anticipated by both Diaz and his supporters.
Diaz has described his father as his hero, crediting him as the man who coached him from a young age. The forward is expected to return to Colombia during the international break to spend time with his family ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Brazil.
As the national team prepares for the crucial match, tight security measures are anticipated, and Diaz is sure to receive a warm welcome from his fellow Colombians. This heartwarming outcome after a distressing ordeal serves as a reminder of the power of unity and support during challenging times.
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