Luis Diaz’s Father Still Missing After His Parents Were Kidnapped In Columbia

Liverpool star Luis Diaz has been left out of the squad against Nottingham Forest after his parents were kidnapped in Columbia. 

His parents were kidnapped after gunmen on motorbikes stopped them and his mother was later released. 

Cilenis Marulanda was rescued by police in the city of Barrancas, Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro said.

“In a padlock operation in Barrancas, Luis Diaz’s mother has been rescued, we continue the search for the father,” the President tweeted.

Army resources have been deployed along with the police. The Columbian Soccer Federation has urged the police to rescue Diaz’s father. 

“The Colombian Football Federation rejects the security situation that the parents of our player Luis Díaz are going through,” a statement said.

“From the FCF, we express our solidarity with him and his entire family, and we call for the relevant authorities to act as quickly as possible to resolve the situation.”

The Colombian attorney General’s office also said in a statement: “From the moment when Colombia’s General Prosecutor’s Office learned of the kidnapping of the parents of Colombian player Luis Díaz in the Barrancas area of La Guajira, a specialist team of prosecutors, CTI (Technical Investigation Team) officials and investigators from the police and military have been taking urgent action to locate these individuals, clarify the chain of events and identify the culprits.”

Liverpool has also put out a statement concerning the issue. 

“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,” a Liverpool statement said.