Football: Colombian player receives death threat after missing penalty in Copa America

Colombia's William Tesillo gestures after missing his shot during the penalty shoot-out against Chile, on June 28, 2019.
Colombia's William Tesillo gestures after missing his shot during the penalty shoot-out against Chile, on June 28, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

BOGOTA (REUTERS) - Colombia's William Tesillo told local media that he has been threatened via social media after his missed penalty kick in a Copa America shoot-out with Chile last week cost Colombia the chance to remain in the tournament.

Tesillo's wife Daniela Mejia over the weekend published a screenshot on her Instagram of a message wishing her husband the same fate as Andres Escobar, a Colombian player shot to death after he scored an own goal in a match during the 1994 World Cup.

"They've written to my wife and she published it. They've written to me too," the 29-year-old defender told the local El Pais newspaper in comments published late on Sunday.

Sources with the national police told Reuters they are investigating intimidation via social media directed at the player and his family, but that they have not opened a formal investigation because Tesillo has not lodged a complaint.

Tesillo's father told local radio the family is counting on God to touch the hearts of people who have written tasteless messages.

"I hope they understand it's football," the elder Tesillo told Caracol Radio.