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Mexican suspect confesses to kidnapping soccer player

FILE - In a June 29, 2014 file photo, Mexico's Alan Pulido consoles teammate Javier Hernandez (14) after the Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1 during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil. A state official says that Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. The official says the 25-year-old player was kidnapped near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria on Sunday after leaving a party. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

FILE - In a June 29, 2014 file photo, Mexico's Alan Pulido consoles teammate Javier Hernandez (14) after the Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1 during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil. A state official says that Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. The official says the 25-year-old player was kidnapped near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria on Sunday after leaving a party. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)  (The Associated Press)

The first suspect charged in the kidnapping of Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido has given a statement to prosecutors confessing to the crime.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of Daniel Morales' initial statement in which he also called the abduction botched and poorly planned.

Pulido freed himself and then called police for help after the weekend abduction.

Morales said Pulido initially overpowered another kidnapper, who fled. Pulido was armed with the first kidnapper's gun when he beat Morales and forced him to hand over his cellphone.

Morales said he first contacted the gang after he had been in prison and only participated by getting food for kidnap victims before Pulido was abducted.

Pulido is a forward for Olympiakos in the Greek league and has played for Mexico's national team.