The Tyneside legend was threatened by a gang in his home country…
Former Newcastle striker Faustino Asprilla has had to leave his home city of Tuluá after he was threatened by a gang of criminals who tried to extort him.
Asprilla, who famously scored a hattrick against Barcelona at St James’ Park, said that masked men entered his home on the outskirts of Tuluá in Colombia, and threatened him.
“They were four [men] in cars… they threatened me , they told me to contact their chief because if I didn’t they would kill my family and me,” Asprilla was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
‘I had to leave my own land, Tulua, as a victim of extortion by a group of anti-socials. My family was threatened in my presence, my father, my sisters,’ the 45-year-old wrote on his website.
Colombia have had well-publicised drug problems in the past, although things have improved markedly over the last decade.