Liverpool Football Club has issued a statement regarding an ongoing family crisis involving their star winger, Luis Diaz.
It has come to light that Diaz’s parents were kidnapped in Colombia, and the club, along with the entire football community, is closely monitoring the situation.
Colombia’s President, Gustavo Petro, has provided an update, indicating that Diaz’s mother has been successfully rescued, but the search for his father continues. The president made this announcement on X, formerly known as Twitter.
In an official statement, Liverpool Football Club stated, “It is our fervent hope that the matter is resolved safely and at the earliest possible opportunity. In the meantime, the player’s welfare will continue to be our immediate priority.”
The Colombian Football Federation has also expressed its concern, deeming the kidnapping regrettable and urging the authorities to spare no effort in rescuing Diaz’s father.
Their statement reads, “The Colombian Football Federation rejects the security situation that the parents of our player Luis Diaz are going through.
“From the FCF, we express our solidarity with him and his entire family and call for the relevant authorities to act as quickly as possible to resolve the situation.”
Luis Diaz, who was signed by Liverpool from Porto in January 2022, has quickly become a key player for the club.
The initial £37.5 million deal included a potential extra £12.5 million in add-ons, making his presence vital to the club’s ambitions.
This unfortunate incident involves armed men on motorbikes who kidnapped Luis Diaz’s parents, Luis Manuel Diaz and Cilenis Marulanda, at a service station in the La Guajira area.
The Colombian authorities, including the Attorney General’s Office and local law enforcement, are actively working to locate the victims, clarify the circumstances, and bring those responsible to justice.
The director of the police, General William Salamanca, has deployed intelligence agents and other police departments in the area to address the situation.
He emphasized their commitment to securing the safe return of the footballer’s parents and appealed for their immediate release.
Luis Diaz himself has not commented on the matter, and the footballing community is eagerly awaiting further updates on this distressing situation.
Liverpool is scheduled to play Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Sunday, October 29, and the entire sports world is united in support of Diaz during this difficult time.