Mexico’s Chaka Rodriguez reveals social media threats sent to family after USMNT defeat

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Mexico international Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez shared death threats which were directed at his wife and family on social media following Saturday’s World Cup qualifier defeat to the United States.

Ahead of Mexico’s World Cup qualifier at Canada on Tuesday, the Tigres right-back, a devout Christian, sent a message to the account — which was in the name of Miguel — asking him to stop sending his wife intimidating threats on social media.

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“Miguel, I’m the husband of the wife you wrote to,” Rodriguez wrote on Instagram. “I understand that my work in the national team can be the cause of all of this in you. I don’t justify it, but I understand it.

“I ask you please not to write anymore to my wife, to rape and kill are very cruel words. Miguel, we don’t deserve this, least of all to include family. I hope this is over now. May God bless you.”

The threatening messages were posted after Rodriguez started in Mexico’s 2-0 loss against the United States in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Cincinnati.

The outcome saw Mexico lose top spot in the CONCACAF group on goal difference, with the two teams now level on 14 points after seven games.

With the threats continuing, Rodriguez decided to share the disturbing messages his wife received. While it has been a difficult few days for Rodriguez, he has maintained an even keel.

“I honestly take into account the positives and negatives…” Rodriguez wrote. “Football is and will always be a dream come true for me. To leave the national team is not an option for me.”

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