Mexican Goalkeeper Arrested In Kidnapping Ring

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

If we told you “footballers kidnapping celebrities,” your mind would probably wander to that time George Best abducted Farrah Fawcett (1. You can’t prove it didn’t happen and 2. you can’t libel the dead), but this has nothing to do with that. Mexican former goalkeeper Omar “El Gato” Ortiz has been arrested for his part in a drug-connected kidnapping ring.

The 35 year old Ortiz, who is currently serving a two-year ban after twice testing positive  for banned steroids, allegedly gathered information about the financial situations of possible targets. Kidnapping has become a major black market business in Mexico, and authorities say the ring Ortiz is purported to be involved with raised over $1.4 million.

Ortiz began his career with Monterrey, but had his most successful spell with Jaguares. He received his first and only cap in a 3-1 win over Guatemala in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

If convicted, Ortiz could face up to 50 years in prison.

Full Story: HuffPo

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