Luis Díaz’s father was released after being kidnapped by the National Liberation Army (ELN, by its Spanish acronym) in Colombia.
The National Liberation Army is an armed rebel group that has been operating inside the country since 1964, and the Colombian government said it was responsible for the kidnapping of Diaz’s parents, Luis Manuel Diaz and Selenis Marulanda.
Oti Patino, the Colombian government’s chief peace negotiator with the ELN, said the kidnapping of Diaz’s parents “was carried out by a faction of the ELN.”
Diaz’s mother was rescued while efforts were made to find his father, amid fears that he might be taken across the Colombian border into Venezuela. However, he has now been released.
Liverpool said in a statement that it was “delighted by the news of the safe return of Luis Diaz’s father, and we thank everyone who participated in securing his release.”
“The Colombian Football Federation thanks the national government, the military forces and the national police, as well as all the institutions and employees who made it possible to free Luis Manuel Díaz, the father of our player Luis,” a statement issued by the Colombian Football Federation said. Diaz.
“Football as a sporting discipline symbolizes talent, dedication, teamwork and the core values of human beings. In Colombia, it must continue to be a reference for entertainment, healthy competition, unity and joy.
He added: “Therefore, we insist on the necessity of preserving this activity, as well as those in charge of it, in the sports and administrative aspects and their families, away from any scenario different from sports.”
“Behind the ball are the dreams and hopes of boys and girls, youth, women and men, adult footballers, their loved ones and the entire country.
“Football is the emotion of peace. No one should think about attacking this reality again!”
Jurgen Klopp told TNT Sports: “Lucio is really happy, excellent all the time, so he looks very good. Timing wise it couldn’t have been better. We asked him and he wants (to play), very good.”
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