In a shocking and tragic turn of events, Edgar Paez, the president of Colombian second division football team Tigres de Bogota, was brutally assassinated following his club’s defeat at home. The incident has sent shockwaves through the Colombian football community and raises concerns about the potential involvement of sports betting in the league.
Edgar Paez had served as the president of Tigres de Bogota since 2016 and was known for his passion and dedication to the sport. On the fateful Saturday night in question, he was driving home from the club’s Metropolitano de Techo stadium in the capital city when two assailants on a white motorbike targeted him.
The 63-year-old Paez endured a horrific attack, suffering four gunshot wounds to his neck and skull. Despite immediate medical attention and being rushed to the Mederi Clinic, his injuries were too severe, and he tragically succumbed to them.
The fatal shooting occurred shortly after Tigres FC’s disappointing 3-2 loss to Atletico FC de Cali at their home ground. The motive behind this heinous act remains under investigation, but it’s impossible to ignore the timing of the attack following the team’s defeat.
Security camera footage from Avenida de las Americas captured the gruesome incident. Shockingly, Paez’s daughter was in the passenger seat during the attack but miraculously escaped unharmed.
Speculation Surrounding Sports Betting
Colombian media outlet El Tiempo has reported that two presidents of Colombian football teams, speaking anonymously, have raised concerns that Paez’s murder might be linked to sports betting. This speculation comes on the heels of recent alerts about match-fixing in the league below the top division, where Tigres FC competes.
Fernando Jaramillo, the president of Colombia’s top-flight Major Football Division (Dimayor), acknowledged these alerts but did not divulge further details or specify which clubs were under scrutiny. The timing of Paez’s murder in the midst of these match-fixing concerns has raised suspicions about potential connections.
Football Community Mourns
In the wake of this tragedy, Dimayor, the governing body of Colombian football, has pledged to pay tribute to Edgar Paez. Players from various teams will wear black armbands, and there will be a minute’s silence at fixtures and competitions. Teams set to face each other will participate in a heartwarming display of unity, hugging during the silence as a symbolic gesture against violence and in support of fair play.
Tigres FC also released a statement expressing their deep sadness and shock at the loss of their beloved president. Paez had served the club for seven years, leaving an indelible mark on its history. He was not only a passionate defender of football but also an exemplary leader dedicated to the sport’s development in the region.
As the investigation into this shocking incident unfolds, the Colombian football community mourns the loss of Edgar Paez and grapples with the possibility that the world of sports betting may have cast a dark shadow over the beautiful game in their country.