FA make decision on Diaz shirt message after Liverpool star broke rules


Luis Diaz scored a crucial equaliser in his first game since his parents were kidnapped, with the Liverpool star revealing a message that called for his father to be released.

The FA will not charge Luis Diaz, despite the Liverpool star technically breaking rules around messages on shirts when he scored against Luton.

Diaz came off the bench to score an injury-time equaliser for the Reds away at the Premier League strugglers on Sunday evening.

It was his first game back in action since his parents were kidnapped by a Colombian rebel group nine days ago.

His mother was quickly released, but his father remains missing, with ELN rebels demanding “security guarantees” in exchange for his freedom.

After scoring his goal at Kenilworth Road,

Diaz lifted up his shirt to reveal a message that read ‘Libertad Para Papa’ (‘Freedom for Papa’).

FA will not charge Liverpool star

According to FA rules players should refrain from “wearing or revealing any item of clothing displaying any personal message”. Usually, that would put Diaz in line for a potential charge from the governing body.

But according to the Daily Mail, bosses have decided against charging him given the exceptional circumstances

And the fact that the Liverpool attacker did not fully remove his shirt.

As well as revealing that message under his shirt, Diaz made a public plea for his father to be released. He posted a statement on social media, urging the rebel group to fulfil their promise to let his dad go.

“Here’s not the player speaking. Today’s Lucho Díaz, the son of Luís Manuel Díaz. Mane, my dad, hard working man, family pillar… he’s now kidnapped. I ask ELN to release my father as soon as possible,” he said.

“I also ask the international associations to work on that in order to guarantee his freedom. Every second, every minute we’re more worried. We’ve no words to describe our family’s terrible feelings,

And it will be the same as long as he’s not back at home.

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