Colombia’s defeat against England in the penalty shootouts of final 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 took a horrific turn as two players who missed penalties against England suffered death threats from furious fans on social media.
Threats for Colombian footballers Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca started to pour in within minutes of Colombia being knocked out of the World Cup on Tuesday.
Uribe’s penalty hit the crossbar while Bacca’s attempt was saved by hero England goalkeeper Pickford which led to outrage by the fans.
Bacca was aimed more prominently as the fans thought he took the worse penalty and played badly, the posts warned the players they were “dead’, urged them to kill themselves and told them not to return to the country.
Meanwhile, many outraged football fans pointed out that on Tuesday it was the 24th death anniversary of Andres Escobar, who was shot dead after his own goal was blamed for sending Colombia home at the 1994 World Cup.