2018 FIFA World Cup: Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez receives death threats after red card
Colombia did not have an ideal start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, falling 2-1 to Japan in its opening fixture. A big factor in the defeat was midfielder Carlos Sanchez getting a red card very early on in the match that ultimately changed the course of the game.
Sanchez received plenty of slack because of the incident, but now it is being reported that he has even received death threats. One Twitter account even displayed a picture of Sanchez next to Andres Escobar with a caption that read “I propose to you a dream”.
This is a very sensitive subject in Colombia because Andres Escobar was actually murdered for a World Cup blunder back in 1994. “El Caballero del Futbol” scored an own goal against the United States and was assassinated in his native country.
Of course, those were very different times in Colombia, but these types of threats cannot be taken lightly in the slightest. Colombia will try and redeem itself in its next match against Poland as the threats are currently being investigated by Interpol.