Belda issues death threat to journo

Vicente Belda could find himself in trouble after allegedly making a death threat against a Spanish

Vicente Belda could find himself in trouble after allegedly making a death threat against a Spanish
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM AS journalist Jos Antonio Gutierrez has made a complaint to the police in Majorca after allegedly receiving a death threat from Comunitat Valenciana team manager Vicente Belda. Gutierrez was the writer behind the confessions of doping made against Belda's former Kelme team in AS last year by Jesus Manzano. Gutierrez went to the police in Palmanova, Majorca to register a complaint of threatening behaviour against Belda and a number of other staff from the Comunitat Valenciana team. According to the complaint, Gutierrez and Belda came across each other apparently in Palmanova, where the Spanish team manager "raised his hand to his forehead and imitated a pistol firing into a head, as well as tugging on the journalist's sleeve". At the time, the complaint stated, several other team members issued verbal threats against Gutierrez. As Gutierrez left the scene of the incident, he was approaced by Belda again, who allegedly made the pistol gesture again and said: "You're dead, Guti." Three other journalists acted as witnesses for Gutierrez. In Friday morning's edition of AS, senior AS journalist Juan Mora responded to the incident with a scathing condemnation of Belda, saying that as a rider he was tainted by a positive test in 1982, "when the dope controls only caught out the most stupid. when he was director of Kelme there were positive tests for Botero, Sevilla and Llorente, while Manzano confessed to having been doped up to the eyeballs without having tested positive." Mora questioned Belda's temperament and suitability for leading a top class sports team, calling him a "barbarian". Mora concluded by asking: "Is this how we want to clean the image of cycling?"
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