The Ordeal of Luis Diaz’s Father: An Update on His Status
In a recent turn of events, the family of Liverpool’s Luis Diaz has been thrust into an unwelcome spotlight. Luis Manuel Diaz, father of the renowned forward, has been held captive for a week. The group responsible, known as the National Liberation Army, has now indicated their intention to release him.
A Family’s Agonising Wait
The incident began when both parents of the Liverpool star were taken by the ELN. While Diaz’s mother, Cilenis Marulanda, was swiftly rescued by local authorities, his father’s captivity has drawn out, leaving a cloud of concern over the family.
A Statement of Solidarity and Release
The ELN has expressed a form of solidarity with those affected by the socio-economic challenges in Colombia, citing these issues as a backdrop to their actions. In a statement, they acknowledged the distress caused by such events and announced the impending release of Luis Manuel Diaz, recognizing his connection to the beloved sports figure. As reported in the The Standard:
But now, a week on from his kidnapping, Diaz’s father will now be freed “as soon as possible”.
“We salute Columbia and the Caribbean,” the group said in a statement released to El Colombiano. ‘We are in solidarity with the families who experience pain and tragedies due to unemployment, the criminal violence of paramilitarism and the abandonment of the State. The corruption of political clans is the main threat to the stability of the region.
“The Northern War Front has commands with economic missions and one of them carries out a privation of freedom, which, after being reported and verified that it is the priest of Lucho Diaz, is guided by his release because he is a family member of the great sportsman that we all love as Colombians.
“From that moment on, the release process begins and we want to avoid any incident. Firm in the search for the paths of peace, with the necessary transformat
Liverpool and Diaz’s Professional Poise
Despite the personal turmoil, Diaz’s commitment to his team remains evident. Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, has confirmed Diaz’s participation in training sessions and his potential return in the upcoming match against Luton, depending on his well-being.
The Path Forward
As the situation unfolds, the focus remains on the safe return of Diaz’s father and the player’s mental and physical readiness to return to the pitch. The football community stands in support of Diaz during this challenging time.