When being a soccer player is a high-risk profession

Loris Karius received multiple threats after the defeat of Liverpool in the Champions League final. It is not the first time that fanaticism turns IGNORE INTO violence

When being a soccer player is a high-risk profession

On May 28, various international media published notes related to the alleged threats received by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius. According to the BBC, the German would have been contacted by virtual means with messages threatening the physical integrity of the goalkeeper, his partner, and his family. "I'm going to kill your girl" or "I hope your whole family dies", are some of the publications cited by The Daily Telegraph.

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For its part, the English police showed their concern at this type of comments, through an institutional press release in which said that "officials are aware of a number of comments and threats made through social networks," so "we take with utmost seriousness the publications of this nature in social networks. The attacks will be investigated".

The threats to Karius are the result of the unfortunate performance that the goalkeeper had in the final of the Champions League, in which Liverpool lost 3-1 against Real Madrid. The German had direct responsibility in two of the three goals scored by the Spanish team.

Sergio Ramos and the Egyptian people

The case of Loris Karius is not the only one who left the Champions League final, in relation to offensive comments against a player. In the same game, the Egyptian Mohamed Salah had to leave the minute 30 of the first time, after a hard shock suffered against the player of Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos.

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While both players fell to the ground, Ramos held tightly the arm of the Liverpool footballer, who showed signs of pain immediately after falling. According to a first medical opinion, Salah's injury could be defined as "a shock to the joints in the shoulder." For this reason, the player would be a couple of weeks away from the courts, said the Minister for Youth and Sports of Egypt, Khaled Abd Elaziz.

However, other statements put on the table the worst scenario: the Egyptian could miss the World Cup. This is why the Egyptians, even the same day of the game, turned against Sergio Ramos, blaming him for the possible participation of his top star in the World Cup.

"May God take care, Ramos," the Egyptian newspaper Al Watan called it; while the Al Masry al Youm put on its cover "One night in which the Egyptians cried, Ramos, the butcher, dislocated the shoulder of Abu Salah".

In social networks, the story was similar. Hundreds of Internet users called the Spanish defense "pig", "disgusting”, and" dirty ". Although they never threatened against his life, they damaged the image of the player.

The cases of Andrés Escobar and Javier de la Rosa

The care that the authorities of England have with Karius is not random, taking IGNORE INTO account that throughout history there are examples of athletes who previously threatened or not, ended up losing their lives because of an error they had during the exercise of his profession.

Of course, the best known case is that of the Colombian soccer player, Andrés Escobar. An own goal scored by the Latin American athlete in favor of the United States, on June 22, 1994, ended up taking his life on July 2 of the same year.

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According to several hypotheses and investigations, the own goal of the defense that militated in National Athletic (with which Colombia lost 2-1 against the host of the World Cup of 94), was the ending for several betting groups in Colombia.

These gamblers had put IGNORE INTO play a large amount of money, most of it, the result of illegal business based on drug trafficking, VICE described in a report made about Escobar's murder.

In addition, according to a rumor leaked by the LA Times, Humberto Muñoz Castro, driver of the Gallón brothers (drug traffickers with whom the footballer had an altercation) and material author of the soccer player's murder, detonated his weapon against Escobar and with each shot he fired he yelled "Goal!"

In the same way, in 2011, the Panamanian player, Javier de la Rosa, who played for Chorrillo FC in his country, was assassinated as he was leaving the stadium, according to the El Siglo newspaper. The footballer had scored the fourth and last goal with which his team had qualified to the final of the closing tournament of Panama. The case was never clarified, although several media speculated during months that it could have been because of the losses of money suffered by dangerous gambling groups in the Central American country.

Unfortunately, nobody can assure that these cases will not be repeated in the history of football.


Latin American Post | Christopher Ramírez
Translated from “Cuando ser futbolista es una profesión de alto riesgo”