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article imageSoccer player receives death threats for killing owl during game

By Igor I. Solar     Mar 2, 2011 in Crime
Barranquilla - Before last weekend Panamanian soccer player Luis Moreno was just a player in the Colombian professional league, virtually unknown outside the scope of his club. It is now known worldwide as the player who kicked and killed an owl during a game.
Moreno’s life changed dramatically after the death of the bird he kicked in Sunday's game between his club Deportivo Pereira and the local team Atlético Junior in Barranquilla, Colombia.
The owl died today at dawn. The owl was one of several birds that inhabited the stadium and all of them had been adopted as club mascots by the players and the fans of Atlético Junior.
"Murderer ... murderer! " cried about 4,000 fans attending the game. Atlético Junior’s fans found it difficult to celebrate following the victory 2-1 over Moreno’s team. The 29-year-old defender is now the target of insults in person and in social networks, in cartoons where he is shown kicking the owl and severe criticism by the press and animal right advocates. He has even received death threats.
"I have heard threats," Moreno reported Wednesday, without elaborating. The player lives in the city of Pereira since earlier this year and is limiting his outings to the street to avoid problems.
The president of Deportivo Pereira Francisco Javier López, lamented the attitude of Moreno and announced that he will be punished, but did not specify the type of punishment.
"I apologized to the fans, it was not my intention to abuse the owl; I just wanted to see it would fly away” Moreno told reporters after the incident. Moreno said he will accept the penalties that may be applied to him, but insisted that his intention was not to harm the bird.
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