Members of the medical team who attended Argentinian football hero Diego Maradona after his heart surgery in November 2020 have been charged with criminal negligence.
The soccer legend died at the age of 60 in the recovery room after undergoing surgery.
Eight doctors and nurses were responsible for Maradona’s round-the-clock care during the time he was recovering from surgery.
They face up to 25 years in prison. A trial date has yet to be set.
A medical board investigating Maradona’s death concluded that his medical staff acted in an “inappropriate, deficient, and reckless manner.”
Among those charged are Maradona’s neurosurgeon and personal doctor, Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, psychologist Carlos Diaz, two other doctors, two nurses, and their boss. They have all denied responsibility for his death.
Mario Baudry, a lawyer for one of Maradona’s sons, said the World Cup winner was “in a situation of helplessness” at the time of his death.
“As soon as I saw the cause, I said it was homicide.”
INCONSOLABLE GRIEF, DEATH THREATS AND CRIMINAL ACCUSATIONS AS THOUSANDS CRASH BARRICADES
THREE DAYS OF NATIONAL MOURNING
Thousands of mourners crushed police barricades in Buenos Aires on Thursday for a last glimpse of the great soccer player Diego Maradona as his body lay in state in the presidential palace.
On the first of three days of national mourning in Argentina for the superhero, distraught fans pumped their fists, clapped their hands and threw flowers, flags and football shirts at the foot of the casket.
DEATH THREATS FOR FUNERAL WORKER
One of the men who prepared Maradona’s body for a private open-coffin wake for family and friends has received death threats for desecrating the body after he posed for a photo with one hand resting on Maradona’s head and the other giving a thumbs up.
The worker, Diego Molina was fired on the spot and now lives in fear for his life.
LAWYER CLAIMS “CRIMINAL IDIOCY’
Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla claimed that the football hero was left for twelve hours without aid before his death on Wednesday, which came two weeks after he had brain surgery to remove a blood clot.
“It is inexplicable that for twelve hours my friend had no attention or check-up from the personnel dedicated to these ends,” he said.
Morla also charged it was “criminal idiocy” that an ambulance took thirty minutes to arrive. He vowed that Maradona’s death will be be “investigated to the end.”
Regarded by many as the greatest player of all time, Maradona’s life was a combination of breath-taking football skill, showmanship and a turbulent personal life of women, cocaine and alcohol.
On the field, Diego Maradona had an uncanny control of the ball. His intuitive passing and rapid dribbling were combined with his small stature — 5-foot-five (1.65 m) — which gave him a low centre of gravity allowing him to maneuver past multiple opposing players on a run.
MARADONA IN ACTION
SPECTACULAR DEBUT AT 16
Ten days before his 16th birthday, on October 20, 1976, Diego Maradona made his professional debut with theArgentinos Juniors, becoming the youngest player in the history of Argentine Primera Division.
In the first few minutes of the game, Maradona kicked the ball through his opponent’s legs, making a ‘nutmeg’ that would become legendary.
After the game, Maradona said, “That day I felt I had held the sky in my hands.”
Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona died in Buenos Aires on Wednesday after suffering a massive heart attack at the age of 60.
Maradona scored two of the most famous — and infamous — goals in football history in the 1986 World Cup against England in Mexico City in a span of four minutes.
THE GOAL OF THE CENTURY
Just four minutes after his infamous “Hand of God” goal (second video), Maradona single-handedly beat the entire English defence and drilled the second goal of the game.
The little man could run! Cutting in from the right side of the midfield, Maradona dribbled for 60 yards all alone, dodging past four English players and slotting the ball past the goalie into the net.
The goal was voted as the greatest goal of all time.
THE ‘HAND OF GOD’ GOAL
The first half of the 1986 World Cup game went scoreless but the second half is now part of sporting history.
Maradona scored the game’s two goals, the Goal of the Century, and this one:
Maradona appeared to touch the ball but the referee didn’t have a clear view of the crowded penalty area and allowed the goal to stand.
Maradona said in an interview after the game that “the goal was scored a little with Maradona’s head and a little with the hand of God.”
MORE MARADONA IN ACTION
Maradona rose from the slums of Buenos Aires to become one of the greatest, if not the greatest soccer player in the world.
He lived a spectacular life in the fast lane of women, booze and drugs and fathered many children. Photos of his life HERE.