Chile midfielder regretted Colombia defender William Tesillo received death threats because of his miss in a Copa America quarter-final on Friday.
The threats were made public by his wife on Sunday.
“They’ve written me and my wife (on social media),” he told the daily El Pais.
Tesillo’s wife, Daniela Mejia, said on Instagram some of the threats alluded to former Colombia defender Andres Escobar, who was murdered days after he scored an own-goal in the 1994 World Cup.
Tesillo missed Colombia’s fifth penalty in the team’s 5-4 loss in the shootout against Chile on Friday, leading to the team’s elimination from the Copa.
Tesillo had been one of the most effective penalty takers in practice, but the 26-year-old Leon player sent his shot wide of the net in the shootout.
Vidal also spoke ahead Copa America semi-finals against Peru on Wednesday.
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