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Dad of former Man City star Carlos Tevez freed after kidnap ordeal

Published 29/07/2014 | 18:41

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Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni (C) leaves the home of Juan Alberto Cabral, father of Juventus' soccer player Carlos Tevez, in Buenos Aires July 29, 2014
Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni (C) leaves the home of Juan Alberto Cabral, father of Juventus' soccer player Carlos Tevez, in Buenos Aires July 29, 2014
Police stand near the home of Juan Alberto Cabral, father of Juventus' soccer player Carlos Tevez, in Buenos Aires July 29, 2014. Cabral was kidnapped for about eight hours and later released after a ransom was paid, family lawyer Gustavo Galasso told reporters.      REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian (ARGENTINA  - Tags:  CRIME LAW SOCCER SPORT)
Police stand near the home of Juan Alberto Cabral, father of Juventus' soccer player Carlos Tevez, in Buenos Aires July 29, 2014

The father of the former Manchester United and Manchester City player Carlos Tevez has been freed after being kidnapped in Argentina.

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Lawyer Gustavo Galasso said that Segundo Tevez was in "good shape" after being snatched by unknown assailants when his vehicle was intercepted outside Argentina's capital Buenos Aires

Argentine TV station C5N said Tevez was set free after a payment of 400,000 US dollars (£236,000). Mr Galasso nor police would confirm this.

Italian club Juventus said it gave the footballer permission to travel to Argentina for "family reasons," but reports in Italy said Tevez was not returning to Argentina.

Tevez played for Argentina in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He was not picked this time despite being one of the Italian league's top players. Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in this month's World Cup final.

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