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Mexico goalkeeper arrested over kidnappings
Former national goalkeeper, known as 'The Cat', accused of selecting victims for the Gulf drug cartel.
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2012 12:01

Omar Ortiz, a Mexican football star, has been arrested for allegedly taking part in a kidnapping ring for a major drug cartel.

'El gato', or 'the Cat,' as Ortiz's bright eyes led him to be called, is accused of selecting victims, mainly business owners, for ransoms of up to $73,000 for the Gulf drug cartel.

Having played a single match for the Mexican national team in 2002, Ortiz, a longtime regular for top division side Monterrey, was suspended for two years in 2010 after testing positive for steroids.

Al Jazeera's Bhanu Bhatnagar reports.

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Al Jazeera
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