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Tottenham's goalless draw at Everton was overshadowed by the tragedy that has hit their midfielder Wilson Palacios, following the discovery of a body believed to be that of his kidnapped younger brother.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp confirmed Palacios had flown home to Honduras following the apparent death of his teenage brother Edwin, who had been kidnapped in 2007 and held to ransom.
Palacios, a Â£14million signing from Wigan in January, left the Spurs team hotel in Liverpool at 7am ahead of their 0-0 draw with Everton, when news filtered through from his homeland that his brother's body had been found.
Redknapp said: "The lad had heard from his family at about one in the morning what had happened, and his brothers I believe have identified the body.
"But he sat around the hotel lobby with his case packed until 7am because he didn't want to wake me.
"I'm amazed with him. But we organised for him to be driven back to London so he could get a flight home.
"Things like that bring everything into focus. I believe the boy had been kidnapped and a ransom had been paid but he had not been released."
Spurs' point keeps them in the hunt for seventh place in the Barclays Premier League, but Redknapp was more concerned with Palacios.
He said: "You couldn't wish for a more calm and likeable lad, football is not really that important after this."
There are some things just more important. Condolences to Wilson, a class player.
Such a shame - was just a teenager too!
Now why don't Platini and Blatter just focus on the important things like safety of footballers' families - especially the ones from those countries, racism, quality of refereeing, adoption of video technology, etc. instead of wasting time going after the Premier League.
It's just horrific. I hadn't realised all the details of it until I saw that - he sat and waited on his own for 6 hours after hearing about it?! That's not respect for the manager & team, that's insanity, he must've bee going out of his mind. I also hadn't heard that they'd paid the ransom... My condolences to all his family, and to Defoe's - just when they're starting to try & get over Jade's murder something like this brings it all back to you.