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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

How Andres Escobar Died After Scoring An Own Goal In 1994 World Cup

Football is a game of passion but with time it can turn sour, that was the story of Andres Escobar who died after his countries elimination at the 1994 World Cup.

How do you feel when your country is eliminated at the World Cup? You feel bad right; well you don't allow your anger out atimes because there are things that seems unbearable but can be partially endured.

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Andres Escobar met his untimely death at the age of 27 and that's because what should be a sport of passion turned out to be a sport of mourn.

Little wonder United States president Donald Trump says he would steer youngest son Barron away from playing football, calling it a “dangerous sport” but a “great product.” Speaking to CBS's Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan in the traditional POTUS Super Bowl Sunday sit-down with the broadcasting network, he said:
I just don’t like the reports I see coming out having to do with football. It’s a dangerous sport. 
I thought the equipment would get better, but it hasn’t solved the problem. I hate to say it, because I love to watch football – it’s a great product'

In reference to his statement, it's not only about the equipments of the game; it's also about how easily exposed players could be endangered  to when they make mistake in any particular game. There are those fans who don't accept such and might try to hurt that player.

Am a Nigerian but elimination from the World Cup 5-years ago was my worst experience. Watching the game against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup was frustrating especially how Lionel Messi destroyed Joseph Yobo with the dancing defender even scoring an own goal himself

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I never expected Nigeria to win Argentina but didn't expect Nigeria to be eliminated likewise. Enyeama [ Nigerian Goalkeeper] made my day worse as he was seen joking and laughing with Lionel Messi who has been tormenting our defence. I felt bad but never acted. I could only watch and sob!

Asamoah Gyan himself missed a penalty against Uruguay to eliminate Ghana in the 2010 World Cup but they moved on. It was too painful to Africans but none acted..we just had to move on but that was not with a country like Columbia.

1994 saw Andres Escobar lost his life after he scored an own goal that saw Columbia eliminated and he paid the price for that because the fans couldn't take such elimination.

Drug traffickers reportedly lost millions of dollars in bets on the Colombian team, which went into the World Cup a potential favourite but performed miserably and Escobar's own didn't help matters. Police said they suspected disgruntled bettors [fans] may have ordered Escobar’s murder.

How did it happen?

The Columbian defender was murdered after the 1994 FIFA World Cup of which he scored an own goal that eliminated his country.

The own goal happened in their match against United States on June 22 in Columbia second match. Trying to block a cross from American midfielder John Barked, Escobar mistakenly deflected the ball into his own net with the United States winning 2-1 at the end.

After the World Cup, he decided to return to his home country [Columbia]  instead of seeing his realtors in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five days after the World Cup on the evening of July 1, he went to a bar with his friends in the El Poblado neighborhood in Medellin before going to the liquor  store. Shortly afterwards, they arrived at the El Indio nightclub. With everywhere compacted, his friends split up with Escobar the only one left at the parking lot of El Indio. At approximately 3:00, three men appeared and began arguing with him with two among the three holding a handgun.

Andres Escobar was shot six times with a 38 caliber pistol and report states that the killer was shouting 'Gol!' (Goal!) as he fired each shot, once for each time the American commentator that commented on the game during the broadcast. His killers reportedly drove away in a Toyota pickup truck, leaving the player to bleed to death. He was rushed to hospital but died after 45 minutes later.

This was a very very sad day for football. His funeral was attended by more than 120,000 people who paid him his last respect.

Who were the suspects?

As said earlier, there were rumours of many who lost a huge bet on the game and they were the main suspects.One group of bettors is said to have lost $10 million on Colombia’s upset loss to the US, and an anonymous group called a television station last week threatening revenge.

The Colombian team also received death threats during the cup, forcing coach Francisco Maturana to change his line-up minutes before the US match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

“This is a loss that plunges Colombia into mourning and fills us with pain,” Colombian President Cesar Gaviria said in a national broadcast.

Authorities announced a reward of $60,000 for information leading to the capture of the killers. Extra bodyguards were assigned to each member of the Colombian team.

Humberto Castro Munoz who was a body-guard for members of a powerful Colombian drug cartel was arrested on the night of his death being July 2 1994 and he confessed to have killed the defender. The killer [Munoz] also worked as a driver for Santiago Gallon who placed a huge bet before the USA- Colombian game but lost because of Escobar's own goal.

He was found guilty of Escobar's murder in June 1995 and was sentenced to 43 years in prison before his sentence was reduced to 26 years due to submission he made to the ruling penal code in 2001.

The killer [ Munoz] was released because he behaved well after serving just 11 years of his 26 year sentence though his three accomplices were acquitted.

 Would Andres Escobar be alive if drug lord Pablo Escobar was not dead?

Well, that's one of the greatest argument after his death. Both Andres Escobar and Pablo Escobar were unrelated but ESPN broadcast The Two Escobar's as part of the 2009-2010 documentary series 30 for 30.

Directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist looked back at Colombia's World Cup run and the relationship of association football and the country's criminal gangs, notably the Medellin Cartel run by Pablo Escobar, with the two directors suggesting that if the drug lord wasn't kill and was still alive, the Gallon brothers wouldn't have targeted Andres with Pablo a well known supporter and fan of the Colombian national team.

Was Munoz the real killer?

Munoz accepted charge that he killed Andres Escobar but it's been widely rejected  with rumours saying that the Gallon brothers bribed the Prosecutor's Office to redirect the investigation towards Munoz as the person who fired the shot - and the Prosecutor's Office contends that Munoz was simply following orders from the Gallon brothers.

Prosecutor's lacked concrete evidence to convict the Gallon brothers so Munoz ended up in prison.

Then coach Francisco Natura a denied that the death of the defender was connected with football fans instead he said that 'Andres stayed at a wrong place at the wrong time' at a violent time in the history of Colombia.

Escobar is still held in high regard by Colombian fans, and is especially mourned and remembered by the Atletico Nacional fans [the club he was playing for before his death].

Just like United States president Donald Trump said, that football is a 'dangerous sport but a great product'.

Escobar lost his life because he was representing his country and that death have tarnished colombia's image. He will be forever in the heart of all football lovers.

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