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Luis Diaz Pleads for the Release of Kidnapped Father

Luis Diaz pleaded for the safe return of his father in a statement released shortly after the winger came off the bench to score a dramatic late equaliser for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw with Luton in the Premier League.

In the statement, Diaz reveals the pain he and his family have felt since his father was kidnapped.

“Every second, every minute our anxiety grows,"

"My mother, my brothers and I are desperate, anxious and have no words to describe what we are feeling. This suffering will only end when we have him home with us.

"I beg that they free him immediately, respecting his integrity and ending this painful wait. In the name of love and compassion, we ask they reconsider their actions and allow us to have him back."

The Columbian-born player's parents were kidnapped at gunpoint by left-wing guerrillas of the National Liberation Army on October 28th in their hometown of Barrancas.

While Diaz’s mother was found quickly after she had been kidnapped, his father has still not been released.

During his celebration of Liverpool's equaliser, the Colombian-born player lifted his top to reveal a message on his undershirt, the words “Freedom for Papa” in Spanish could be seen.

At first, the Police had explored the idea that a criminal gang had taken Luis Manuel Diaz. However, the Colombian government delegation revealed that it knew that the Kidnappers were part of a left-wing Guerrilla unit “belonging to the ELN”

The Colombian government has deployed large resources of both police officers and soldiers in an attempt to rescue Diaz.

Despite reports that Luis Manuel Diaz could be released by his captors in the coming days, things remain uncertain for Diaz and his family.


Diaz receives support from Liverpool teammates and manager

Luis Diaz continued to receive public support from his Liverpool teammates in the aftermath of Liverpool's draw with Luton. In his post-match interview, Liverpool goalkeeper Alison Becker praised Diaz for his “Inner strength”.

“It says a lot about his character, his inner strength. Not many people can imagine what he is going through now.”

“We are supporting him, we feel his pain but for him it’s a different level”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Diaz’s goal after the game but cautioned that the safe return of Diaz’s father is the priority.

“The signs in Colombia are optimistic but one we all want to hear hasn’t happened yet. We are just waiting for that moment.”

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