Colombia was one of the 16 teams who were advanced to the Round of 16 in the FIFA 2018 World Cup. They played their first and last knockout match in the Round of 16 of 2018 World Cup last night when they were defeated by 4 – 3 by England on the penalty shootout. Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca were the Colombian players who missed their penalties.
It was one of the most interesting matches of 2018 World Cup. But unfortunately, Colombia lost it. As soon as the match finished, both the players started receiving death threats on the social media. Several tweets and messages were sent to them saying vicious words. Some of the tweets and messages are featured below:
In response, a lot of football lovers and followers tweeted supportive messages for both the stars. The seriousness of these threats can be understood easily as it is not the first time that a Colombian player is being threatened. In 1994, Colombian national footballer Andrés Escobar was murdered because he scored an own goal in a World Cup 1994 match against the United States. The United States won that match by 2 – 1 and Colombia were eliminated from the World Cup.
Although, the then-coach Francisco Maturana denied any connection between the Escobar’s murder and the football match. But, many believe that he was murdered because of the own-goal he scored.
Carlos Sanchez also received death threats when he was given the red card in the match against Japan. He was given red card soon after the match started.