Social media ‘Escobar’ wish sent to Colombia’s Tesillo after penalty miss

July 2 – A Colombian player says he was threatened via social media after his missed penalty kick in a Copa America shoot-out with Chile last week cost his country the chance to remain in the tournament.

William Tesillo’s wife last weekend published a screenshot on her Instagram of a message wishing her husband the same fate as Andres Escobar, who was infamously shot dead after scoring an own goal 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 haven’t opened a formal investigation because Tesillo has not lodged a complaint.

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