Two Colombian footballers are learn to have received death threats following the team’s exit from the World Cup.
Carlos Bacca and Mateus Uribe are the two unfortunate footballers who missed their penalties against England in the round of 16 match, and the two immediately started receiving death threats on Twitter.
The death threats remind many of the 1994 World Cup match in which Colombian footballer Andres Escobar had scored an own goal, ensuring the team’s exit from the tournament. Soon after he returned to Colombia, Escobar had been shot dead at a pub.
It was the 24th death anniversary of Andres Escobar on 2 July.
During the match against England, Bacca saw his penalty saved by the goalkeeper and subsequently, Colombia was knocked out of the tournament on Wednesday.
Fans took to twitter and started hurling abuses and death threats at the two players. Fans urged them not to come back to the country saying they would be “dead” as soon as they returned.
Similar death threats were previously aimed at defender Carlos Sanchez after he received a red card against Japan within the first three minutes.
A Twitter user David Castaneda warned: “Die Carlos Bacca. Son of a b****. No-one wants you, gonorrhoea . To this country you don’t return.”
Another user, Jhon Duqueismo, tweeted: “Thank you to all the players, except to three-time son of a b****, useless, dead, Carlos Bacca. Don’t come back here.”
HumorFPCosky: Carlos Bacca, get depressed and kill yourself, so you don’t continue living this agony.”
Patricio wrote: “Uribe, you are a piece of s***, I hope you die.”
Several fans however came out to defend Bacca and Uribe.
Brayan Sanchez wrote: “Don’t wish for the death of Bacca and Uribe. Do we wish to repeat what happened to Andres Escobar? Is this Colombia? Games are won and lost, we are a real country.”
Another user, Lois Lane, said: “The anniversary of the death of Andres Escobar and you are calling for the death of Bacca. I’m sorry, I can’t stand such shit people. Get out of my timeline.”