The Colombian soccer federation has demanded the discharge of Luis Diaz’s father after his dad and mom had been kidnapped – with FIFA sending a message of assist to the Liverpool star.
The dad and mom of the 26-year-old Colombian worldwide had been kidnapped after being stopped by gunmen riding motorbikes.
Diaz’s mom Cilenis Marulanda has been rescued by police within the metropolis of Barrancas, in line with Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro.
However his father Luis Manuel Diaz stays lacking – with a significant search operation involving police and the navy underneath means.
A reward value £40,000 has been supplied for info that may assist to find him.
South American soccer professional Tim Vickery advised Sky Sports activities Information the sufferer may have been transported to neighbouring Venezuela – as Colombia’s police director vowed to make use of each agent to search out him.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino posted on Instagram: “On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide soccer neighborhood, I wish to lengthen our assist and prayers to Luis Diaz, his household and buddies in these tough occasions.”
Infantino added an image of Liverpool teammate Diogo Jota holding up a shirt in assist of Diaz in the course of the Reds’ residence conflict with Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
The Colombia soccer federation (FCF) has issued an announcement calling for Diaz’s father to be launched instantly with out circumstances.
It mentioned: “We ask the captors of Luis Manuel Diaz, father of @LuisFDiaz, to launch him now, with out circumstances.
“Soccer is peace, Lucho we’re with you. Colombia is with you.”
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp mentioned making ready for Sunday’s 3-0 residence victory was “essentially the most tough I’ve ever had in my life” after studying Diaz’s dad and mom had been kidnapped.
“I do not wish to make the sport greater than it was, however undoubtedly, we tried to assist Luis with the combat we put in, as a result of clearly we wish to assist and we can’t actually assist,” he mentioned.
“So the one factor we will do is combat for him and that is what the boys did.”
Klopp mentioned Diaz had “wished to go residence”, however then acquired the information about his mom “and since then nothing actually”.
Liverpool confirmed it was conscious of the state of affairs, including: “It’s our fervent hope that the matter is resolved safely and on the earliest potential alternative.
“Within the meantime, the participant’s welfare will proceed to be our speedy precedence.”
1000’s of followers have despatched messages of assist on Diaz’s Instagram web page, with many urging him to “keep robust”.
Referring to the lyrics of the membership’s anthem, one wrote: “Your dad and mom can be free, You Will By no means Stroll Alone”.