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Football: investigation into threats against the family of footballer Di Maria

Police are investigating threats against the family of former Parisian Angel Di Maria at his home near Rosario, against a backdrop of recent similar threats linked to drug trafficking in Argentina's third-largest city, he said.

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Football: investigation into threats against the family of footballer Di Maria

Police are investigating threats against the family of former Parisian Angel Di Maria at his home near Rosario, against a backdrop of recent similar threats linked to drug trafficking in Argentina's third-largest city, he said. -we learned Monday from a judicial source.

A threatening message, the contents of which have not been revealed, was thrown from a car in the early hours of Monday over the entrance to the gated community of Funes, on the outskirts of Rosario, where Di Maria has a residence , a spokesperson for the public prosecutor told AFP.

The message was contained in a nylon bag. The police are “taking fingerprints, images from surveillance cameras and testimonies,” added the spokesperson.

The content of the message was not revealed “so as not to play into the hands of criminal organizations seeking to arouse public emotion,” said a source from the Ministry of Security of the province of Santa Fe.

According to media reports, however, it bears the words "Even Pullaro will not save you", a reference to Maximiliano Pullaro, governor of the province since December, and who declared war on local drug trafficking.

Rosario, 300 km from Buenos Aires, is considered the most dangerous city in Argentina, with a homicide rate of 22 per 100,000 inhabitants, five times higher than the national rate.

A major river port for grain exports, Rosario is also a transit point for drugs from neighboring countries, which have flowed for years into local drug trafficking, involving small gangs, frequent shootings and extortions.

A wave of violence in early March saw four murders in five days, two taxi drivers, one bus driver and a gas station worker. The authorities analyze this violence as a “reaction” by imprisoned gang leaders, taking the local population hostage, against a recent tightening of their detention conditions, under the leadership of Mr. Pullaro.

On Monday, the Rosario bus network was at a standstill, after another threat, targeting a bus driver. One hypothesis from the investigators is that Di Maria, 36, originally from Rosario and who plays for Benfica (after Real Madrid and PSG in particular) is targeted to obtain the maximum echo.

Last year, it was a business belonging to the in-laws of Lionel Messi, also from Rosario, which was targeted, riddled with bullets in the night, also for advertising purposes, according to the authorities.

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