Russia 2018: Escobar's brother fears another Colombia footballer might be murdered

Russia 2018: Escobar's brother fears another Colombia footballer might be murdered

- Late Andres Escobar’s brother, Sachi has revealed that that there is tension in the air over a possible re-occurrence of his brother’s murder kin Colombia

- Carlos Sanchez has been receiving death threat messages.after he was sent off in the 3rd minute in Colombia’s opening fixture against Japan

- But Sachi is using his brother's 24th anniversary to appeal to Colombians not to kill or threaten players representing the country

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Late Andres Escobar’s brother, Sachi has revealed that that there is tension in the air over a possible re-occurrence of his brother’s murder if Colombia’s Tricolor fails to shine at the World Cup in Russia, reports suggest.

During the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States of America, his younger brother, Andres Escobar scored an own goal in a 2-1 defeat by hosts nation. Sadly, 10 days later, Andres was killed in cold blood.

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Later, a bodyguard linked with a drug cabal was later sentenced for killing the then 27-year-old defender, who only netted once for the Tricolor against England’s Three Lions’ at Wembley.

Russia 2018: Escobar's brother fears another Colombia footballer might be murdered if they disappoints against England

Late Andres Escobar in action for Colombia againstnUSA at 1994 FIFA World Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images

At the ongoing Mundial, Colombia’s Tricolour centre-back Carlos Sanchez was sent off after three minutes in Colombia’s opening fixture against Japan at the ongoing Mundial in Russia and he was battered with death threat messages.

And that incident is getting Escobar's brother to develop cold feet as he fears that a similar tragedy that befell his brother, is about to repeat itself.

Speaking to UK Mirror on his brother’s 24th anniversary, Sachi admitted that nothing has been learnt by Colombians, even as he was quick to appeal to the fans not to vent their anger on any player should they fall to England’s Three Lions’ in Tuesday’s last 16 clash.

Russia 2018: Escobar's brother fears another Colombia footballer might be murdered if they disappoints against England

Carlos Sanchez received death threats after he was sent off in Colombia's World Cup 2018 opener (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Sachi equally charged the Tricolor squad members to “evoke the spirit of Andres” during Tuesday’s showdown slated for Moscow’s Spartak Stadium by netting against the English side, just like his late brother scored during his sojourn on earth. “the highest and happiest moment of his life.”

Interestingly, a Twitter user posted a picture of Sanchez alongside a photo of Andres and the sinister message: “I propose a dream”.

While another user wrote: “If Andres Escobar was killed for scoring an own goal, then Carlos Sanchez should be murdered.”

However, Sachi, who now manages Universidad Catolica in Ecuadorian top flight, after quiting active football, believes Sanchez and family are “desperate and powerless” following the threats, which he insists is a clear indication that his countrymen and women have not “learned nothing” from his brother’s tragic demise.

“As a brother who has gone through this, I know what must be going through their heads, and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that.

“Carlos must be feeling both sad for the mistake he made, and very afraid, and his family too.

“My brother never received any threats, they just shot him dead in the most cowardly way. The fact that people are still allowed to say these things on social network sites, even threaten his with death, making players and their families fear for their lives, shows me that nothing good came out of Andres’ death, nothing was learned.

“These people are just lowlife who are not real Colombian football fans, who should be arrested and thrown into jail. But desAndrespite what happened to there are still no laws in the country to stop them,” Sachi was quoted as saying.

Russia 2018: Escobar's brother fears another Colombia footballer might be murdered if they disappoints against England

Sachi, pictured with his family, are urging fans of the Colombia national team not to target players if they make mistakes (Image: xxxxxxxxxxx)

Speaking further, he used the occasion of his younger brother’s death to appeal to Colombians not to kill or threaten players representing the country in the World Cup.

“I want to send an important message to those people who think things can be resolved with violence, and with weapons, that they can take someone’s life just because they make a mistake, in this case the life of a football player.

“I know how much each one of the Colombian players mean to their families back home. I want people to see them as human beings, as sons, husbands and fathers, first and foremost.

“Football should be a vehicle of peace and social transformation, and at the end of the day, it is just a game.

“I know that in this World Cup are players are under more pressure than ever before, because they are better than at any other time, and because the country believes we can go all the way.

Russia 2018: Escobar's brother fears another Colombia footballer might be murdered if they disappoints against England

Escobar (Image: Getty Images)

“But I truly hope that, if Colombia failed to meet these expectations, then the tragedy that happens to my brother doesn’t repeat itself. God forbid that it happens again. I truly hope that no player’s life is put at risk because a team didn’t get good results or managed to advantage to the next phase in the World Cup in Russia.”

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Colombia's Yerry Mina's goal in the 74th minute against Senegal was the difference as the Tricolor finished top of the group.

Mina rose highest in the box to power home his header pass Ndiaye in goal for Senegal. It was his second goal of the tournament.

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