Liverpool’s players showed their support for teammate Diaz in their win against Nottingham Forest at Anfield
In Colombia, the military and police are currently searching for the father of Liverpool player Luis Diaz. Authorities are offering a £40,000 reward for information leading to his rescue.
More than 120 soldiers and police searched northern Colombia for Luis Manuel Diaz on Sunday. Armed men reportedly took him and his wife away.
The player’s mother, Cilenis Marulanda, was found in Barrancas on Saturday.
Diaz was missing from Liverpool, who beat Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
In a statement, the army said it had set up roadblocks and used two motorized trains, unmanned aircraft, helicopters and a plane with radar in the search for his father.
Colombian authorities gave no details about the reported kidnapping, but local media said Diaz’s mother and father were abducted by gunmen on motorcycles at a gas station in Barrancas, her hometown in La Guajira, the country’s northern region.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro said “all public forces are deployed” to find Diaz’s father.
The director of the national police, General William Rene Salamanca, announced on Sunday a reward of “up to 200 million pesos” (about 40,000 pounds) for information.
Attorney General Francisco Barbosa said he contacted Diaz twice to update the 26-year-old on the status of the investigation.
Barbosa informed the player that there was information that his father may be in Venezuela – a situation that, according to Barbosa, would require intervention from President Petro.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp dedicated Sunday’s 3-0 Premier League win over Nottingham Forest to Diaz, saying they won “for our brother”.
Surrounded by his teammates, Diogo Jota held up the Colombian player’s number seven shirt after scoring Liverpool’s first goal.
The club said before Sunday’s game that it was “aware of an ongoing situation” involving Diaz’s family, adding that the player’s welfare “will continue to be our immediate priority.”
Source : www.bbc.co.uk