Liverpool's Luis Díaz's father released by kidnappers
Liverpool and Colombia forward Luis Diaz has received positive news as his father, who was initially kidnapped alongside his mother, has been released by the kidnappers.
His father, who was held captive by the Colombian left-wing guerrillas ELN, according to local media outlets, was released 13 days after his kidnapping today, Thursday, November 9, 2023. Diaz spoke for the first time about the kidnapping of his parents over the weekend after he featured in Liverpool's fixture against Luton.
He said, "Here’s not the player speaking. Today’s Lucho Díaz, the son of Luís Manuel Díaz. Mane, my dad, hard working man, family pillar… he’s now kidnapped. I ask ELN to release my father as soon as possible. I also ask the international associations to work on that in order to guarantee his freedom. Every second, every minute we’re more worried. We’ve no words to describe our family’s terrible feelings, and it will be the same as long as he’s not back at home. I beg you to release my father right now, respecting his integrity”. “I want to thank to all Colombians and also the international community for your support”.
Liverpool also confirmed the release in a statement that read, "We are delighted by the news of @LuisFDiaz19's father's safe return and we thank all those involved in securing his release."