INTRODUCTION: In the Spanish city of Barcelona, police have stepped up their search for the football star, Enrique Castro, who plays under the name of "Quini".
SV ZOOM IN TO Enrique Castro speaking in Spanish.
GVs Enrique Castro (in dark strip) during football match between Barcelona and Hercules scoring two goals. (3 SHOTS)
CU Enrique Castro speaking in Spanish.
SPORT: ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the Spanish city of Barcelona, police have stepped up their search for the football star, Enrique Castro, who plays under the name of "Quini". He has been missing since Sunday (1 March), and police believe he has been kidnapped. His disappearance came only hours after a win in Barcelona. When he spoke to reporters after the match, few expected that only hours later, he would be the subject of a major police hunt.
SYNOPSIS: At first it was thought to be a political kidnapping. A hitherto unknown nationalist group from the province of Catalonia claimed responsibility. But police now believe this was a hoax. They say a criminal motive lay behind the kidnapping. Enrique Castro disappeared after this game, when he scored two goals to help Barcelona beat Hercules of Alicante 6-0. The 31-year-old striker is one of Spain's most popular players.
Press reports in Spain say Castro's family has been contacted by the kidnappers and a ransom demanded. Some reports put this at four million dollars. But police and club officials deny this. Meanwhile more than 1000 extra police have joined the hunt.