Former Colombia and Newcastle striker Faustino Asprilla has said a criminal gang threatened to kill him and his family in an extortion plot.
Asprilla, who spent two seasons at the Magpies, said he has been forced to leave his hometown of Tulua in Colombia because of fears for his safety.
The 45-year-old was reportedly threatened by four men in two cars on Tuesday.
"They told me to contact their chief because if I didn't they would kill my family and me," Asprilla was quoted by El Tiempo as saying.
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The U.S. has imposed sanctions on a popular Colombian football team for alleged ties to a drug cartel.
The Treasury Department on Wednesday placed Envigado and their owner, Juan Pablo Upequi, on the foreign narcotics kingpins list, freezing any U.S. assets they may have and barring Americans from doing business with them.
Upequi is accused of using the club as a front to launder money on behalf of the Office of Envigado, a violent cocaine-trafficking organisation that inherited...