Liverpool winger, Luis Diaz’s dad has reportedly requested the Roman Catholic bishop who rescued him to ‘marry him once more’ after dropping his marriage ceremony band throughout his 13-day kidnap ordeal.
Monsignor Francisco Ceballos mentioned Luis Manuel Diaz requested him to conduct the ceremony wherein he’ll renew his marriage ceremony vows to Cilenis Marulanda.
The pair have been taken hostage collectively on October 28. Cilenis was deserted on the roadside close to her residence city of Barrancas shortly afterwards however her 58-year-old husband was taken in the direction of the Perija Mountains on Colombia’s border with Venezuela and remained prisoner along with his left-wing ELN hostage-takers till Thursday.
He’s now resting after being reunited along with his household and talking to his Liverpool striker son.
Monsignor Ceballos, who described on Thursday how he was the primary particular person in the humanitarian group to see Luis Manuel Diaz alive after going to his rescue, mentioned: ‘He advised me I needed to marry him once more as a result of he had misplaced his ring.
He mentioned he wished to resume his marriage ceremony vows.’
Saying the father-of-four had solely formalised his relationship with Luis Diaz’s mum final yr, he pledged: ‘We will certainly do it at any time when they need.’
Colombian media outlet Semana claimed after the footballer’s dad was freed that his hostage-takers had stolen all his valuables earlier than handing him over.
It attributed blame to the ‘males on the motorbikes’ concerned within the abduction of Luis Manuel Diaz and his spouse as they purchased water melons at a petroleum station, saying they’d taken the footballer coach’s ring, chain and a bracelet.
Semana added: ‘They weren’t simply costly objects. Above all they’d nice sentimental worth.’
Monsignor Ceballos didn’t go into the circumstances of how Luis Manuel had managed to change into parted along with his marriage ceremony ring. It’s also recognized he suffered a knee harm after coming off the bike one in every of his captors was using.
The bishop had beforehand revealed to a Colombian radio station Mr Diaz had been pressured to stroll day and evening throughout his kidnap ordeal.
Talking in regards to the emotional second he met him as he was freed, he mentioned: ‘It is a very emotional second if you see an individual who has been disadvantaged of his liberty in entrance of you.
‘I met him virtually on the trail he was coming alongside.
I used to be the primary one who noticed him. I hugged him and he started to cry. He was very emotional and really drained due to the lengthy walks he needed to do.
‘He advised me he needed to stroll repeatedly for 2 days plus one other 4 days when he was kidnapped.
‘Of the 13 days he was kidnapped he was strolling for six days day and evening.’
Requested if footballer coach Mr Diaz was conscious of the extreme police and navy operation to snare his captors and rescue him whereas he was nonetheless a hostage, Monsignor Ceballos defined: ‘What he advised me was that he sensed the helicopters very close to, that they have been very shut by.
‘He after all felt afraid as a result of when the military is finishing up these search operation and the guerrilla insurgents are attempting to cover, the second comes when the one who’s been kidnapped is in danger.
‘He was involved there was going to be a confrontation.’