Tal­iban, crim­i­nal threat­ens young Afghan Messi fan

The Island Packet - - Sports -

A young soc­cer fan in Afghanistan who shot to fame two years ago af­ter he was pho­tographed in a Lionel Messi shirt made from a plas­tic bag has been forced to flee with his fam­ily to the cap­i­tal af­ter crim­i­nal gangs and the Tal­iban threat­ened to kill or kid­nap him, his mother said Fri­day.

Since be­com­ing an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion, Shafiqa Ahmedi said her now 7-year-old son Murtaza, who met his hero in De­cem­ber last year, has not been able to at­tend school and now they are liv­ing in an un­heated room in Kabul.

Crim­i­nals threat­ened to kid­nap Murtaza af­ter de­mand­ing money.

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