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Diaz Requests Release Of Kidnapped Dad With Equaliser

Liverpool winger Luis Diaz has implored the National Liberation Army (ELN), a militant group in Columbia, to release his father, Luis Manuel following his equalizer against Luton Town on Sunday.

Diaz came on late when Liverpool were down by a goal but soon scored an equalizer to deny Luton Town a home win.

The player then raised his top to reveal his undershirt which had the inscription “Libertad para papa” meaning “Freedom for dad.”

He later took to X to call for more voices in getting his father released and further appealed to the captors to rescind.

“I ask the ELN for the prompt release of my father, and I ask the international organizations to intercede for his freedom. Every second, every minute our anguish grows; my mother, my brothers and I are desperate, anguished and without words to describe what we are feeling. This suffering will only end when we have him back home.

“I beg you to release him immediately, respecting his integrity and ending this painful wait as soon as possible. In the name of love and compassion, we ask you to reconsider your actions and allow us to get him back.”

The father of Diaz, Luis Manuel, was kidnapped by the ELN on October 28 together with his wife at gunpoint at a petrol station in Barrancas in Colombia, however, her mother was rescued the same day by the police.

The captors released a statement on Thursday, saying their captive will be released as soon as possible.

Ahead of their trip to Luton Town, manager Jürgen Klopp said he had decided to give Diaz the room to decide his availability.

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