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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Diego Maradona Slums During Nigeria vs Argentina Match

Diego Maradona at the stadium
Diego Maradona appeared to collapse during Argentina's dramatic victory over Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia.
Video footage showed him staggering from his executive box aided by three minders.
The former World Cup winner was seemingly dragged into a dining room behind a glass partition where he could be seen slumping into a chair.
Initial reports suggested the 57-year-old had been taken to hospital but Argentine officials said later Maradona was treated inside the stadium.
Maradona's behavior had been increasingly an erratic throughout the match. Before it even began he was photographed slumped in a seat in the front row of the executive cox, propped up by the railing.
He rose to his feet in a characteristic triumphal pose when Lionel Messi put Argentina ahead early in the game, his eyes bulging. By halftime, he appeared comatose or else asleep in his seat.
Later in the match television cameras caught him gesturing to the crowd with a rude gesture, displaying the middle finger only of both hands. The gesture could even lead to a police investigation for aggressive behavior that could incite violence.
It’s not clear what prompted his collapse but Maradona has suffered long-term health problems and has had problems with drug abuse.
He was thrown out of the 1994 World Cup after failing a drugs test and his behavior over the years has been erratic, to say the least.
Maradona won the World Cup for Argentina almost single-handedly in 1986, not least scoring the infamous 'Hand of God' goal against England. Among Argentinian fans, he remains their great idol, even above Messi - unless Messi can deliver the World Cup this year.
Jubilant Argentinian fans leaving the St Petersburg stadium reacted with shock. “It is very sad if he has collapsed. He is still our great hero,” said one.


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