Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Murdered football boss threatened

Gunmen shot dead the vice president of Guatemalan football team Deportivo Xinabajul

Gunmen shot dead the vice president of a last-place football team in Guatemala's national league, weeks after he received threats over the squad's poor performance.

National Civil Police spokesman Donald Gonzalez said no suspects had yet been detained over the killing of Carlos Noe Gomez of the Deportivo Xinabajul team.

Mr Gonzalez said the club executive was gunned down late on Friday by two men who were waiting for him as he left a team meeting in the northern province of Huehuetenango.

Prosecutor Nery Martinez said the investigation was focusing on threats Mr Gomez had reported receiving several weeks ago by disappointed fans.

Xinabajul is at the bottom of the rankings in the country's national league and lost a home match 2-0 against Suchitepequez this week.

The league condemned the killing and called for a "serious and profound" investigation.

It follows the gruesome discovery in November of the body of Carlos Mercedes Vasquez, a midfielder with the Malacateco team in the country's first-division league.

Police said his body had been dismembered and left in five plastic bags in a rural area with a note saying the player had been killed for "messing with other women".

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