The Islamic state terrorism group, popularly known as ISIS has released a framed up picture of Lionel Messi in captivity, crying blood.
The framed up image of Messi in a prison jumpsuit, with blood dripping from his eye has led to the Argentine Football Association to call for special security for their star player, Lionel Messi while they have also extended the security measures as well to other members of the national team.
In the framed up picture, the words attached to it reads;
“You are fighting a state that does not have failure in its dictionary”.
According to the Sun UK, this is the second direct threat to Brit footy fans planning to travel to the World Cup in just a week.
Another image shows an armed jihadi terrorist with the Russia 2018 logo posing with the words “Wait For Us” in Arabic.
However, the President of the Argentine Football Association Claudio Tapia has met the Russian ambassador to his country Victor Koronelli on Thursday to discuss the threat posed by Islamic State after the group also published an image referencing to next year’s football World Cup in Russia, warning that those who visit Russia will face attacks. Tapia was said to have also met with Koronelli and another Russian diplomat, Dmitriy Belov, to work on additional security at Moscow’s Bronnitsy Training Centre, where the Argentine team will stay for the World Cup.
However, early in the week, the Nigerian Football Federation has confirmed that the Super Eagles will play Argentina in the Russian city of Krasnodar on Tuesday, November 14 at the Krasnodar Arena Stadium.
But no security details or measure has been set in place for the Nigerian national team as at the time of this report.