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Carlos Tévez's father released after being kidnapped

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The father of Juventus striker Carlos Tévez has been released after being abducted by a gang of kidnappers in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Segundo Tévez was kidnapped on Tuesday morning after the car he was travelling in was intercepted in Morón, on the western outskirts of Buenos Aires.

According to Argentine newspaper Clarín, the criminals twice contacted Tévez's family demanding a ransom for his release.

Apparently, the initial request for money was much lower than the second request, indicating that at first the kidnappers did not know exactly who they had kidnapped.

After an eight-hour ordeal, though, Tévez's father was freed after the ransom figure of $400,000 had been paid to the kidnappers.

Tévez had been on his way to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires when news came through his father had been released.

Kidnappings are becoming increasingly popular in Argentina as the country's living standards continue to drop.

The brother of former Argentina international Juan Román Riquelme was kidnapped in 2002 and he was released after two days, allegedly in return for a $100,000 ransom.

A few months later, another gang kidnapped Jorge Milito, the father of Argentina stars Gabriel and Diego Milito, and released him after his family paid a high sum of money to his captors.

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