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Colombian soccer star sacked for threatening teammates with paintball gun

Apr 17, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

Racing Club's forward Teofilo Gutierrez Getty Images

Best way to tell that your soccer team isn’t doing so hot: A. You lose an important match 4-1. B. Your coach resigns. C. One of your best players threatens his teammates with a paintball gun. D. All of the above.

Those guessing D must be fans of Argentina’s Racing Club, which had an interesting weekend. During a 4-1 loss to Independiente, Colombian striker Teo Gutierrez was issued a red car for insulting the ref. While being confronted by teammates over the useless infraction in the locker room afterwards, Gutierrez allegedly threatened them with a paintball gun. Yep.

Goggles on, Pendejos!

“We will seek a mutual way out but [Gutierrez] won’t play for Racing again,” club president Gaston Cogorno said of the 26-year-old who has been sent off four times since joining the club from Trabzonspor of Turkey in February 2011.

“I haven’t talked to Teo but I did with his agent and the investment group that brought him [to Racing] to explain to them why he won’t play [for the club] any more.

“People are tired of Teo’s attitude,” he added of the striker.

What was Gutierrez doing with a paintball gun in the locker room in the first place? I don’t know … what was Chelsea’s Ashey Cole doing with an air rifle during practice? It’s soccer: the answers are shrouded in mystery.

Liverpool was reportedly keen on acquiring Gutierrez last year, but I’d say this changes things.

Colombian footballer allegedly threatens teammates with paintball gun [Dirty Tackle]

  1. anotheryx - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    If he threatened his teammates with fried chicken and beer, I’m sure Liverpool is all for it.