By Steve Dellar   |  06-24-2018   World Cup
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Colombia plays against Poland in Group H of the world cup today, a match that both teams must win if they want to have any chance of progressing into the knock-out stages. Whoever of the two countries that were expected to top their group loses today, is out.

Poland lost their opening game against Senegal whilst Colombia unexpectedly received a similar beating from Japan.

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For Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez, returning home is not a happy task should it come to that. After three minutes into the game against Japan this week, he received a red card for handling the ball within their own area and was subsequently sent off. Japan received a penalty, scored 1-0 from that and then played the next 87 minutes against 10 Colombians only, ending the game in a 1-2 win against a technically superior Colombia.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Colombia&#39;s Carlos Sanchez was the target of a social media death threat after his red card vs. Japan <a href="https://t.co/LKhqYoZjmu">https://t.co/LKhqYoZjmu</a></p>&mdash; Sports Illustrated (@SInow) <a href="https://twitter.com/SInow/status/1010297804328259584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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It was bad enough Mr Sanchez feels guilty about his error, he has now received several death threats on social media as well.

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As you may remember, death threats against soccer players in Colombia are nothing new, certainly not at a world cup. Back in 1994, when the tournament was organized in the US, Colombian defender Andres Escobar scored an infamous own goal in the group match against that same US, which meant the exit for his national side.

Returning to Medellin, the mood was grisly and five days later he was gunned down (he was shot six times with a .38 caliber) in what many claimed was a revenge killing for his own goal. Mr Escobar’s murder tarnished the reputation of Colombia even further internationally.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez receives death threats. Here’s a picture of the other Carlos Sanchez. Who plays for Uruguay <a href="https://t.co/y9Xd7ifAiP">pic.twitter.com/y9Xd7ifAiP</a></p>&mdash; Chris Latchem (@chrisdotlatchem) <a href="https://twitter.com/chrisdotlatchem/status/1010815710178762752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Colombian police declared they would thoroughly investigate all death threats made against Mr Sanchez and are taking the matter very seriously.

The other matches today see England take on Panama and Japan face Senegal.

Source:

https://www.thenational.ae/sport/football/death-threats-probe-clouds-colombia-preparations-for-crucial-world-cup-match-against-poland-1.743390

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