Ex-Newcastle United star Faustino Asprilla reveals he talked hitman OUT of EXECUTION of international legend
Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla has revealed he once persuaded a hitman against executing Paraguay’s goalscoring goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert.
The incident – which took place a year after Asprilla signed for United from Parma – revolves around Chilavert and the frontman both being sent off in a World Cup qualifier in Asuncion.
And Asprilla, part of Kevin Keegan’s side nicknamed ‘The Entertainers’, has revealed a gunman phoned his hotel room after said game, asking for permission to kill Chilavert.
Speaking on a documentary on Colombian TV, Asprilla said: “What? Are you crazy? You’ll destroy Colombian football, you can’t do that!
“No, no, no, no. What happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch.”
This incident came just three years after fellow Colombian international Andres Escobar was shot dead, in what was widely regarded as a gangland execution, weeks after an own goal in USA 1994 saw Colombia exit the World Cup.