Chaka Rodriguez receives death threats after Mexico’s loss


Mexico’s national team player Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez shared death threats he and his family received after Friday’s World Cup qualifier loss to the United States, and urged fans to get better.

Tigre’s right back revealed that he received the messages via Instagram, and even responded to someone who asked the perpetrator to stop sending threatening threats to his wife.

“Miguel, I’m the husband of the wife you wrote to,” Rodriguez wrote (in Spanish) on Instagram. “I understand that my work in the national team can be the reason for all this in you. I do not justify it, but I understand it.

“I beg you please not to write more to my wife, to rape and kill are very cruel words. Miguel, we do not deserve this, least of all to include the family. I hope this is over now. May God bless you.”

The beating began after Mexico’s 2-0 loss to North American rivals USA on Friday night in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was El Tris’ third straight loss to USMNT 2021 after the disappointing Nations League and Gold Cup finals.

The player decided to reveal and share the messages he had received to draw attention to the negative side of being part of a national team. Although he has no plans to quit, the defender admitted a couple of difficult days after the defeat.

“I honestly take into account the positive and negative …” Rodriguez wrote. “Football is and will always be a dream come true for me. Leaving the national team is not an option for me.”

Mexico returns to the field on Tuesday night in Edmonton to face the Canadian national team. El Tri is currently in second place on the Concacaf table after falling close behind by USMNT on goal difference.

Even if a loss would not be catastrophic for Mexico, it could mean that El Tri risks ending up in fourth place.

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