Soccer / World Cup

Death threat made against Colombia midfielder after stunning loss to Japan

AP, Reuters

Colombian authorities are investigating a death threat made on social media against Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who was sent off early on in the team’s 2-1 defeat to Japan at the World Cup.

Police say the threat was made from a Twitter account, which was immediately shut down. Authorities are now looking for the IP address of the machine from which the message was sent.

The message appeared with an image of Sanchez and Colombia defender Andres Escobar, who was shot dead on the outskirts of Medellin days after returning from the United States after competing at the 1994 World Cup. Escobar scored an own-goal against the United States and Colombia, a pre-tournament favorite, failed to get out of its group.

Sanchez was sent off for a deliberate handball after trying to block a shot in the area and will miss the Poland match in Kazan on Sunday.

The Jose Pekerman-coached team closed ranks on Friday, undertaking a private training session at their ski resort base outside of Kazan and declining to comment on the Colombian police probe and their preparations for Poland, who were upset 2-1 by Senegal in their opener.