The days when Colombia's national team was one of the best in the world are long gone. Those were also the days when a mistake in the court could cost a referee or a player his life.
In 1994 Colombians were convinced their team had a chance to win the FIFA World Cup. That year Colombian defender Andres Escobar Saldarriaga killed that hope after he made a mistake during a game against the U.S. on June 22nd.I remember that game: U.S. and Colombia were tied 1-1. An entire country watched in horror as Escobar intercepted a U.S. mid-fielder's cross, and accidentally scored an "auto gol" into his own net. The U.S. won 2-1.
Colombians forgave him but the drug lords didn't.
His killer screamed "Gol!" after shooting him dead outside of a bar.
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He was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for a multimillion-dollar house-buying fraud scheme, Richard Winton reported.
He did manage to scare a few U.S. marshals and L.A. County deputy district attorney Eugene Hanrahan.
"Around the time of the preliminary hearing my left foot swelled up. It became very painful ... But it later fixed itself," said Hanrahan, The Los Angeles Times reported. "I didn't think about it at the time, until we discovered the shrine."
During his arrest on 2009, police found a shrine with skeletons, candles and other objects. Hernandez had put pins in the eyes of three effigy dolls and flipped them upside down in a brown liquid.
Each doll had the criminal case number on them and the names of Hanrahan and two investigators in the case.
When asked what his intention was, Hernandez said the "pins were a form of spiritual acupuncture" to make them see that he was a good man.