Footballer shot dead in Mexico

Footballer shot dead in Mexico

- An amateur Mexico player was killed during a football match in Tochtepec

- An armed gang numbering 20 invaded the pitch and shot over 100 bullets

- Police say the incident has been linked to a confrontation the previous day

A Mexican footballer has been shot dead after an armed gang stormed an amateur match and fired over 100 gunshots.

Local sources reported that the 20 men armed with rifles kidnapped a fan after trying to steal mobile phones and wallets.

The gang then allegedly asked for the player wearing No 9 during Real Tepeaca's match against Tochtepec - before they brutally opened fire on him.

Footballer shot dead in Mexico after gang invasion on the pitch

The unnamed footballer's lifeless body. Photo Credit: GOLDER’S NEWS & SPORT LTD

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Horrific images show the player in his late twenties, lying face-down on the floor in his pool of blood as he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fourty police officers and investigators arrived the scene and found over 100 used bullet casings on the pitch.

Local media reports also suggest that the gang kidnapped a 19-year-old man as they left the football field but the authorities are said to have found the kidnapped teenager hours later by a nearby motorway.

The kidnapped fellow told police that the men had confused him with someone else and let him go when they had realized.

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Police sources have said that they believe that the killing is linked to a confrontation that took place at a petrol station the day before.

This incident took place during an amateur football match in the town of Tochtepec, which is in the Mexican state of Puebla and no arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Colombian footballer Alejandro Penaranda was shot to death as he partied with his team-mates.

The 24-year-old's teammate Heissen Izquierdo was also injured in the attack and rushed to hospital on Friday, June, 1.

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