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Latino Daily News

Monday November 28, 2011

Wife of Uruguay Soccer Coach Sprayed With Acid

Wife of Uruguay Soccer Coach Sprayed With Acid

Photo: Uruguayan soccer coach Oscar Tabárez

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Not far from her own home, Silvia Martínez, 62, wife of Uruguayan soccer coach Oscar Tabárez was attacked by two men who sprayed a corrosive liquid on her face.

Police have no leads on the Saturday afternoon attack other than the unofficial testimony of the victim, who said two men on a motorcycle sprayed her in the face as she approached her property.

After the attack, Mrs. Martínez ran home, were she was tended to by her husband, who called the ambulance.

Hospital reports indicate Mrs. Martínez suffered first and second degree burns on 25% of her body, as well as severe lesions in her airways, as well as on her arms, face and torso.

So far, investigators have no suspects and have been unable to unearth evidence that could link this attack with the coach’s former maid, who was released from prison last Tuesday after serving a year-long sentence for stealing $500,000 from the coach.

Two months ago, Mrs. Mrtínez also filed a police report after she found ashes and burnt papers under one of the windows to her home; Police sources said the woman had been feeling threatened since that episode.