James Rodriguez receives death threats; Colombian officials launch investigations
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into alleged online death threats against Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez
Bogota: Prosecutors have opened an investigation into alleged online death threats against Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez, of Real Madrid, an official said Tuesday.
"The Attorney General's office is launching a probe to determine responsibilities in a crime involving threats" that carries up to eight years in prison, Luis Alberto Perez of its investigating unit told reporters, referring to the threats against Rodriguez.
Perez said the threats were made on social media, as well as to one of the footballer's relatives.
They were signed by the group "Hulk Legion," he said.
"It originated from inside Mexico, and has been intimidating people on Twitter and other media."
Rodriguez was directed to start saying goodbye to family members, Perez said.
His mother, Pilar Rubio, reported on social media that threats were being made a few days ago. He is currently in Spain.
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Victory lifts Real Madrid two points clear of Atletico at the top of La Liga, with Sevilla up to third after they had earlier eased past Valencia 3-1.
Valencia sit level at top with Atletico and Real Madrid on 10 points after they continued their strong start under new coach Jose Bordelas with a 4-1 win away at Osasuna.
Luis Suarez scored twice, including an injury-time winner, as Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat 10-man Getafe 2-1 and move top of LaLiga on Tuesday.