Enner Valencia has somehow managed to escape the clutches of Ecuadorean police seeking to question the Everton forward over unpaid alimony to his ex-wife by allegedly faking an injury during Ecuador’s World Cup qualifier against Chile.
Valencia, who is on loan at Everton from West Ham, started the game as Ecuador sealed a 3-0 win.
Lawyers and police had gathered at the door of the team coach before the World Cup qualifier but were unable to detain the 26 year-old, who is believed to owe his former wife £13,350 in child maintenance, due to the intervention of team mates, according to the El Universo newspaper.
The authorities then waited by the pitch to apprehend him after the game but, in the 82nd minute, Valencia was seen laying down and required a medical buggy to leave the playing area.
The buggy can be seen driving towards a waiting ambulance with police officers in pursuit. However, despite clearly being able to catch up with the buggy, Valencia was placed in the ambulance, which took him to a local hospital, a video on the El Telegrafo website shows.
The whereabouts of the centre forward is currently now unknown.
“It’s lamentable that certain police officers didn’t collaborate with the detention of the footballer Enner Valencia, to ensure compliance with a judicial order,” Paul Marin, who is a lawyer for the mother of Valencia’s daughter, is quoted as saying.
“If they say this man earns so much, why doesn’t he pay [the maintenance] monthly to his daughter?”
After the match, Valencia’s arrest warrant was revoked as the judicial process remains ongoing.