The scandals rocking South American soccer took a brand new twist with the homicide of Tigres FC President Édgar Páez. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Investigative reporters in Colombia have named sports activities betting as a motive for the cold-blooded assassination of second division soccer membership President Édgar Páez.
On Saturday at round 6:15pm, two hitmen on bikes intercepted Tigres FC President Páez in a car by which he was touring along with his daughter and shot him repeatedly. He was declared lifeless shortly afterward. The Federación Colombiana de Fútbo and the nationwide soccer physique’s govt committee took to X Sunday with a message of condolences:
The Bogotá Metropolitan Police confirmed Páez’s homicide occurred in Puente Aranda, a city within the Colombian capital. Tigres had simply misplaced 2-3 at residence stadium Metropolitano de Techo to Atlético de Cali within the Categoría Primera B and Páez was returning residence after the match when the assassins struck.
An investigative journalist unit from Colombian nationwide day by day El Pais hyperlinks the potential motive of the homicide to sports activities betting, whereas different media homes prompt drug trafficking and cash laundering.
The homicide of the Tigres President coincides with Colombian golf equipment – and plenty of others in South America – being investigated after authorities flagged potential cases of match fixing. Final week, the operator and organizer of professional soccer leagues and tournaments in Colombia, the División Mayor del Fútbol Profesional Colombiano (Dimayor), stated it was particularly investigating video games within the sports activities betting-brand-sponsored B division, generally referred to as Torneo BetPlay Dimayor.
acquired “alerts about matches within the B event”
President of Dimayor Fernando Jaramillo confirmed the physique acquired “alerts about matches within the B event” and that an settlement was in place with the Prosecutor’s Workplace to research additional. Based on The New Century, Jaramillo did not name any of the franchises or individuals under scrutiny.
Colombia has lengthy been a hotbed for drug cartels sending out hitmen to kill soccer gamers over misplaced bets, such because the high-profile homicide of nationwide workforce captain Andrés Escobar in 1994, and typically for no motive in any respect, together with the homicide of 11 gamers from novice affiliation soccer workforce Los Maniceros 2009.
South American storm
The homicide of Páez follows rampant match fixing scandals which can be engulfing South America from Brazil to Bolivia, whereas earlier this month Chile not too long ago gave its soccer physique an order to ditch sports activities betting companies, together with league sponsors Betsson.
Pino Calad hyperlinks Páez to “a number of self-confessed drug traffickers”
Whereas sports activities betting could also be the primary motive investigators of Páez’s loss of life are taking a look at, director of Colombian TV station Publimetro, Alejandro Pino Calad, links the departed soccer boss to drug trafficking and money laundering. Pino Calad hyperlinks Páez to “a number of self-confessed drug traffickers” together with Claudio Javier Silva and Luis Caicedo, murdered in 2021 and 2022, respectively.