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Published on February 28th, 2014 | by John Lyons

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Barra reveals threats amid Colo Colo controversy

Table-topping Colo Colo go in search of their sixth straight win in the Clausura this evening, though it threatens to be overshadowed by off-the-field wrangles.

Macul – The albos face a formal complaint for a supposed link between club directors and leaders or ex-leaders of fans´ groups, something that is contrary to the law of violence in the stadiums.

With court action in the pipeline and the Chilean Football Association, the ANFP, investigating the matter, there has been speculation that Colo Colo could even be punished with a ten-point points deduction.

That could effectively wreck their title bid, though it´s perhaps more likely that a fine would be the final outcome if the ANFP´s disciplinary tribunal found there was a case to answer.

Amid the storm, the boss of Chile´s Estadio Seguro campaign, Cristián Barra, has revealed that he has been subjected to threats for taking the lead role in the matter.

He said: “They are threats that involve me and my family and they have been presented to the public prosecutor so that they can be investigated.”

And Barra has insisted that the plan to make Chile´s stadiums safer and bring back families won´t be derailed by the threats against him.

He added: “These people that threaten the work that we´ve done over the last two years aren´t going to achieve their goal.

“This investigation began in December 2013 and finished in January 2014. We´re not searching to harm the sporting success that Colo Colo have today. The key point is to sanction these binds.”

On the field, Colo Colo face Cobresal at the Estadio Monumental this evening (7pm). Héctor Tapia´s albos will once again be without injured midfielder Emiliano Vecchio.

Their lead at the top of the table was cut to three points when Universidad Católica beat Iquique 1-0 at San Carlos de Apoquindo last night. Former Iquique striker Álvaro Ramos netted the only goal in the 39th minute.

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