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Ex-Colombia star Viafara extradited to U.S. on drug warrant

Former Colombia star Jhon Viafara was awaiting extradition since September.

Former Southampton and Colombia international footballer Jhon Viafara was extradited to the United States on a drug warrant on Thursday.

The 41-year-old was arrested last March after prosecutors in Texas said they believed he was part of a criminal network that shipped cocaine to the U.S.

The retired midfielder, who played for several Colombian teams and had spells with English rivals Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as Spain's Real Sociedad, was flown out of the country in the early hours of...

Juan Quintero to meet Colombian army over father's disappearance

Colombia international Juan Quintero is set to meet the country's army over his father's disappearance.

The newly appointed chief of Colombia's army has said he is willing to meet with footballer Juan Quintero to discuss his father's disappearance more than 20 years ago.

Gen. Eduardo Zapateiro said during a military ceremony on Monday that he "shares the pain" of Quintero's family, and added he is willing to meet with the Colombia international, who plays for River Plate, to discuss his father's final days.

Jaime Quintero was last seen in 1995 at an army base in the city of Carepa, which was then...

Australia to face Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay in 2020 Copa America

Julien Laurens says Lionel Messi separated himself from other Ballon d'Or finalists by carrying Barcelona.
Craig Burley believes Lionel Messi is single-handedly covering up deficiencies at Barcelona.

The Socceroos will tackle global superstar Lionel Messi and Argentina at next year's Copa America after Australia were drawn alongside the co-hosts.

Graham Arnold's men were drawn in Group A for the South American continental championship, which starts on June 12.

That means Australia will play their five group stages matches in Argentina against the two-time World Cup champions, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay.

The Socceroos' opening match will be against 15-time Copa America champions Uruguay...

Faustino Asprilla says hitman wanted to kill Paraguay's Jose Luis Chilavert

Hamilton Ricard, Faustino Asprilla and Carlos Valderrama
Faustino Asprilla, centre, at Colombia training during qualifying for the 1998 World Cup.

Former Colombia striker Faustino Asprilla has said he had to convince a hitman not to kill Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert after the two clashed in a World Cup qualifying match in 1997.

In a documentary broadcast on Colombian television channel TelePacifico on Tuesday, Asprilla said the gunman called his hotel room after both he and Chilavert were sent off in a qualifier in Asuncion, which Paraguay won 2-1.

The gunman, who was himself killed in a drug-related shootout in 2004, asked Asprilla...

Ex-Colombia star Viafara extradited to U.S. on drug trafficking charge

Jhon Viafara was arrested in his native Colombia back in March.

Former Real Sociedad midfielder Jhon Viafara is to be extradited to the United States to face charges of drug trafficking.

Colombia's justice minister, Margarita Cabello, signed a decree on Friday that will see the ex-Colombia star handed over to the U.S. authorities.

On Sept. 27, Colombia's Supreme Court (CSJ) approved the extradition of Viafara, who was part of the country's 2004 and 2007 Copa America squads.

Viafara was arrested in his native Colombia on a U.S. drug warrant back in March...