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Corinthians seek protection from police after caretaker receives death threats

Soccer Football – Copa Sudamericana – Group E – Penarol v Corinthians – Estadio Campeon del Siglo, Montevideo, Uruguay – May 13, 2021 Corinthians’ Cassio during the warm up before the Pool match via REUTERS/Mariana Greif

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April 8 (Reuters) – Brazilian club Corinthians asked police on Thursday to provide security for their players after their goalkeeper received a death threat following a Copa Libertadores defeat in Bolivia.

Cassio said he delivered an audio message to police that was sent to his wife via social media.

In the message, published in local media, a man is heard insulting the goalkeeper and telling him to leave the club. The man warns: “It’s a matter of time. I don’t know what we’re going to do, kill, I don’t know, but we’ll find you.”

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“I can’t accept this kind of threat,” Cassio wrote on social media, calling on police to find the culprit.

The threat comes two days after Corinthians suffered a surprise 2-0 loss to Bolivian side Always Ready in a Copa Libertadores game.

Cassio is one of Corinthians’ longest-serving players, having played nearly 600 games for the club. He was part of the team that won the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup in 2012, beating Chelsea in the final.

The club has asked specialist officers involved in sporting offenses to “take appropriate measures to ensure the safety” of its players.

“Corinthians vehemently reject the death threats made against our goalkeeper Cassio and his family via social media posts,” the club said.

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Reporting by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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