Mail Online: Colombians urged calm last night after the two players who missed penalties against England suffered insults and threats from furious fans on social media.
Vile messages targeting Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca started to appear within minutes of Colombia being knocked out of the World Cup following the dramatic shoot-out.
Uribe’s penalty hit the crossbar while Bacca’s attempt was saved by hero England goalkeeper Pickford.
The posts, mostly aimed at Bacca who fans thought took the worse penalty, warned the players they were ‘dead’, urged them to kill themselves and told them not to return to the South American country.
Andres Escobar, 27, was shot dead 10 days after his mistake against the US knocked Colombia out of the World Cup hosted in the USA.
And hours before the showdown with England in Moscow yesterday Escobar’s brother, Sachi, told of his fears that another player could be killed if Colombia failed to get through to the quarter-finals, warning that the country ‘had not learned the lessons’ of the tragedy.
He said: “I want to send an important message to those people who think things can be resolved with violence, and with weapons, that they can take someone’s life just because they make a mistake, in this case the life of a football player.
“Football should be a vehicle of peace and social transformation, and at the end of the day, it is just a game.”