Colombian police have confirmed a cash reward worth around £9million will be offered to anyone willing to come forward with information on Luis Diaz’s father. Devastating news broke overnight on Saturday that both of Diaz’s parents had been kidnapped in their native country.
His mother has been rescued, but the Liverpool star’s father remains missing. Reports in Colombia claim the 26-year-old’s parents were kidnapped as they drove to their home in the city of Barrancas.
Colombia’s police director, General William Salamanca, has now confirmed that a cash prize of £9m ($200m pesos) will be offered to anyone who has information pertaining to the kidnapping.
Luis Manuel Diaz Jimenez and his wife Cilenis Marulanda were said to have been at a petrol station when they were approached by four armed men.
According to W Radio, General Salamanca spoke with the Liverpool star to confirm that his mother had been found by authorities. Diaz was subsequently left out of Liverpool’s matchday squad for their match against Nottingham Forest.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted the whole team was affected by news of Diaz’s parent being kidnapped. “We had to obviously make a late change because of the private situation involving Luis Diaz,” Klopp told BBC Sport.
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“It’s a worrying situation for all of us and it was a pretty tough night.
“I have never had that before. It’s a new experience I never needed.”
Diogo Jota paid an emotional tribute to his team-mate after scoring Liverpool’s opening goal against Forest.
The Portuguese star ran over towards Liverpool’s dugout after making it 1-0 and pulled out Diaz’ No 7 jersey, holding it aloft to huge applause from the Anfield crowd.
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