Coach quits team he hasn’t managed yet after death threats

Posted by - June 30, 2009 - Oddballs, South America

Just another crazy day in Colombia

Ruben Israel, the Uruguayan coach of Colombia outfit Santa Fe, has quit his post after receiving death threats. A bit harsh, you might think: no excuse for death threats no matter how badly the team is playing. Except Israel hasn’t even taken charge of a single match yet!

He was appointed in May to replace ex-Colombia national team boss Hernan Dario Gomez, who quit after failing to reach the semi-finals of the championship. That left Santa Fe without any matches to play, but Israel’s efforts during his month of inactivity were seemingly not enough for some.

Club president Armando Farfan said: “Yesterday he received several calls with threats on his life and those of his family, calls we can’t understand because he hasn’t even stepped onto the grass in the stadium.”

Farfan promised to look at security options that would allow Israel to return to his post.