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 the Argentinos 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.”