‘Bush is a murderer’, ‘Pele is gay’, and Platini is, well, ‘French’
Argentina could only reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, so when the Argentinean FA asked Diego Maradona to make substantial changes to his backroom staff it sounded like a fair request. And when Maradona could not agree to the terms, the logical conclusion was to go their separate ways, which is what has happened.
But Maradona couldn’t let it lie, and went on the rampage with a strongly worded statement. He accused AFA president Julio Grondona of ‘lying’ to him and director of national teams Carlos Bilardo of ‘betrayal’. Such is Maradona’s standing in Argentina, when he finished reading out his statement, it was met with applause by the press.
But should we have expected anything else but wild accusations and slurs from Diego?
In 2009, Maradona upped the stakes in his long running feud with Pele when he claimed that the Brazil legend had lost his virginity with a man. “What do you want me to say? He debuted with a lad.”
A couple of years back he claimed that England didn’t deserve to win the World Cup because Geoff Hurst’s ‘goal’ against Germany hadn’t crossed the line.
During this summer’s World Cup, he accused the Argentinean former Mexico boss Ricardo La Volpe of ‘treason’. “It makes me very cross, it has to do with respect. If a country has given you work and fed you, you shouldn’t go against this country. This is a type of treason, he’s overstepped the line. He should be grateful to Mexico because they made him rich but beyond that it’s totally out of place.”
During the tournament in South Africa he also claimed Nigeria would look to ‘rough up’ his side and hit out at Brazil for handling the ball: “Brazil are not playing well as they have,” he said. “But Brazil can take it all, even if they have to use their arms.”
Maradona recently hit out at an entire nation following derogatory remarks from Uefa president Michel Platini. “We all know what the French are like and Platini as a Frenchman thinks he knows it all.”
Maradona also has a few political views: “I think Bush is a murderer.”
All in all, it would seem that Maradona’s most recent outburst is about par for the course. When the miniature genius is riled, there’s no stopping him. And if you remain in any doubt, here’s his quote after Argentina qualified for the World Cup: “To those who did not believe: now suck my d**k – I’m sorry ladies for my words – and keep on sucking it. I am either white or black. I will never be grey in my life. You treated me as you did. Now keep on sucking d**ks. I am grateful to my players and to the Argentinean people. I thank no one but them. The rest, keep on sucking d**ks.”Tagged in: Argentina, maradona
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