Soccer club Colo Colo's president arrested after tussle with Chilean governor

    14 de marzo de 2018

    Santiago, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- The president of soccer club Colo Colo was arrested early Wednesday in Calama, a city in northern Chile, following a scuffle with the regional governor in a hotel elevator, police said.

    Anibal Mosa got into an altercation with Antofagasta Gov. Marco Antonio Diaz a few hours before Colo Colo leaves for La Paz, where the team will play Bolivar in a Copa Libertadores Group 2 match.

    Colo Colo prepared for the effects of the high altitude in the Bolivian capital by spending a night in Calama, which is more than 2,500 meters (about 8,200 feet) above sea level.

    Mosa found himself in the hotel elevator with Diaz, who is in Calama to attend the city's anniversary celebration, eyewitnesses and police said.

    The soccer club's president, who some media outlets reported had been drinking, allegedly confronted the governor, asking him, "What are you looking at?"

    Mosa then allegedly shoved Diaz, who he did not know, and threw the governor's suitcases out of the elevator

    The governor reported the incident to police, who arrested Mosa.

    The Colo Colo president was released just after 4:00 am and will have to appear in court.

    Colo Colo has a must-win match in La Paz after being beaten 1-0 by Colombia's Atletico Nacional in its first Copa Libertadores match.

    Coach Pablo Guede made a last-minute decision to not start top scorer Esteban Paredes and midfielder Jaime Valdes, opting to put them into the match in the second half.