SANTIAGO, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The president of Blancoy Negro, the enterprise that owns Chile's Colo Colo football club, announced Tuesday the owners have initiated criminal proceedings against death threats targeting the team's management.
The head of the company, Arturo Salah, said the fact that the threats were being made in a sporting context did not mean they shouldn't be taken seriously.
"The sports aspect does not justify those kinds of threats, which we know how they start, but we don't know how they end," said Salah.
Salah added that the team's performance "does not justify the severity of the threats that we have received, so we have filed criminal proceedings at the public prosecutor's office."
The threats specifically targeted the team's main shareholder, Anibal Mosa, who received the threats via his cellphone and online social networks.
Colo Colo, currently ranked last in the local tournament, has been performing poorly for the past five years, and its management team has come under fire from fans.
The fans say they have been shut out of the decision-making process since the team came under the control of a franchise in the early 2000s.
The lawyer of the franchise, Cristian Puga, warned the criminal proceedings will go forward against anyone responsible for the threats and that they will pursue the maximum sentence applicable, which is three years in jail.