The parents of Liverpool forward Luis Diaz have been kidnapped in their native Colombia. The incident took place on Saturday afternoon in the town of Barrancas, where the football star hails from.
Reports from Colombia suggest that Luis Manuel Diaz and Cilenis Marulanda were intercepted by armed kidnappers on motorcycles while on their way to their home neighborhood, Los Olivos.
However, another account of the incident suggests that the kidnappers arrived while Diaz's parents were watching a game and forcibly took them away.
Colombia's police swiftly responded to the situation, with Colonel Geovanni Cristancho, the director of the Gaula branch responsible for kidnapping extortion and hostage rescue, taking charge.
Military and police forces collaborated on coordinated operations to locate the kidnapped parents, and police checkpoints were established in the area to identify motorcycle travelers.
Fortunately, due to the pressure from these operations, Luis Diaz's mother was found and subsequently released unharmed.
The Liverpool star's father, however, remains missing. A source revealed, "We already have the mother, she is in good health, scared, but she is fine. They took the father away on a motorcycle, they took him out of the car and took him along the trails there."
In England, Luis Diaz was expected to start for Liverpool in their Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest. However, given the distressing situation, he was understandably left out of Jurgen Klopp's 20-player matchday squad.
Liverpool Football Club issued a statement in response to the situation, expressing their concern and hope for a safe resolution. The statement read,
"Liverpool Football Club can confirm it is aware of an ongoing situation involving the family of Luis Diaz in Colombia. 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 news has sent shockwaves through the football community, with fans and well-wishers anxiously awaiting further updates on this distressing incident as the search for Diaz's father continues.