During Ecuador’s 3-0 World Cup qualifier victory over Chile on Thursday, police chased Ecuador forward Enner Valencia because he was wanted for questioning over unpaid child support. He owes around $17,000 to his ex-wife, according to El Universo.
With 10 minutes left in the match, Valencia had complained over altitude sickness, and he was taken out of the match on a cart. Meanwhile, police arrived to detain him, which led to this strange chase:
De Ripley. Enner Valencia salió en camilla, casi lo arrestan y lo llevaron con prisa a la ambulancia y así salió del estadio. Que cosas. pic.twitter.com/I7VnAWYLC3— Andrés Muñoz Araneda (@andresmunoza) October 6, 2016
Valencia managed to avoid them, and was taken to a nearby hospital. Apparently, this was the police’s third attempt at detaining him. The first time was on Wednesday during a training session, but it failed because, according to his ex-wife’s lawyer, “certain police officers didn’t collaborate with [Valencia’s] detention.” The second instance occurred as the Ecuador national team’s bus arrived at the stadium and policemen tried to get a hold of Valencia.
Valencia’s agent Gonzalo Vargas tweeted a signed document from a judge that revoked the order for his arrest, according to ESPN FC:
Caso Enner Valencia, parte final de resolución ; pic.twitter.com/PxprDk08r0— Gonzalo Vargas (@chalo_vargasr) October 6, 2016
Ecuador’s next World Cup qualifier is on Tuesday against Bolivia. It remains to be seen what will happen to Valencia in between matches.
UPDATE: Here’s Valencia’s side of the story.