Venezuelan team bus hijacked by armed men, players robbed
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Six armed men have held up a bus carrying a Venezuelan first-division soccer team.
The Trujillanos soccer team said Monday that its bus was hijacked at 2:30 a.m as the team was returning from the eastern city of Monagas. The players and team staff were robbed, but no one was hurt. The team said on Twitter that the players were held for two hours by the armed men, who threatened to detonate a grenade.
El club fue retenido por 2Hr.35Min. Amenazaron que si el bus tenia GPS o estaba escoltado detonarían granadas para no dejar evidencia 4/5— TRUJILLANOS F.C. (@trufc) September 19, 2016
La Familia del Trujillanos FC condena estos lamentables hechos vandálicos que afectan el desarrollo del fútbol nacional. (5/5)— TRUJILLANOS F.C. (@trufc) September 19, 2016
Venezuela's Association of Professional Football Clubs is calling on officials to take measures to protect players crisscrossing the country on often dangerous highways.