Zuniga still under threat
21 July 2014, 17:46
Colombia - Defender Juan Zuniga's father has revealed that he
is still receiving death threats for the tackle that ended Neymar's involvement
at the World Cup.
The defender collided with the Brazil star in a crunch
quarter-final tie, leaving the 22-year-old attacker with a fractured vertebra.
Though there was seeingly no malicious intent in the
challenge, Zuniga has had to employ bodyguards, having received several threats
ever since the incident.
Zuniga's father told Lancenet: "We spoke to the
authorities and of course as a father I am worried. Some really crazy messages
arrived, big threats, racist insults too.
"I am not just afraid for my son, but also his wife and
little daughter. After what happened we have been accompanied by security
guards, but I hope it will just be temporary and that soon we can resume a
"Neymar already absolved him of blame, my son did not
do it on purpose. He is totally against violence and has no previous record of
"Anyone who offends him doesn’t understand football, as
there were many incorrect interpretations of that challenge. Injuries are part
of football, my son apologised in public and explained himself."