Colombia player William Tesillo ‘receives death threats’ after Copa America penalty miss Chile defeat

3 Jul

William Tesillo says he has received death threats on social media since missing a penalty in Colombia’s Copa America exit on Friday night.

Chile had two goals disallowed by VAR as the one-sided contest ended goalless and went to penalties.

William Tesillo miss proved to be costly for Colombia

Tesillo, who plays for Mexican side Club Leon, put his spot-kick wide before Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez converted from 12 yards to send his country through to the semi-finals.

The left-back’s wife, Daniela Mejia, uploaded a tweet on to her Instagram account in which a user hoped the Colombia international would suffer the same fate as Andres Escobar, who was shot dead in 1994 days after scoring an own goal at the World Cup.

“Yes, it is true,” Tesillo told Spanish outlet El Pais.

“They wrote things to my wife and she went public with them. They did the same to me but I haven’t shared them yet. We trust in God.”

Tesillo has been backed by Colombia team-mate Edwin Cardona and Chile and Barcelona ace Arturo Vidal.

Cardona said: “He has been one of the best players in Mexico during the current season.

“He is one of the toughest full-backs there is and so nobody should be making memes over this.

“It is very easy to go on social media and criticise people.”

Vidal could not believe a player would receive death threats for a mistake he made on the pitch
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Vidal added that anyone is capable of making a mistake in football and is saddened by the threats directed towards Tesillo.

“I wish it’s not true and these things wouldn’t happen.

“A player always gives his best defending his national team, so to receive death threats for a mistake, a mistake due to bad luck, it should not happen.

“I want to send my support to him and his family.”