Diego Maradona slammed for obscene gesture during Argentina vs Nigeria

first_imgDiego Maradona was once again in the news for wrong reasons during the Argentina vs Nigeria match at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday.As Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo scored a goal each to carry Argentina through to the last 16, Maradona was spotted making obscene gestures towards the crowd at the St. Petersburg Stadium.Maradona was captured by television cameras flicking his middle fingers towards the crowd and celebrating wildly as Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1. The winner came just minutes before the South Americans were staring at a group stage elimination from the finals.The 57-year-old was also treated by paramedics and was taken to the hospital after he collapsed in his seat.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMaradona’s obscene gesture towards the Nigerian fans, which the TV captured, was slammed by one and all on social media.From TV pundits to regular viewers, Diego Maradona faced the wrath for being disrespectful towards people and not being a “gracious winner”.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEPeople expressed their views on social media saying it was hard to warm up to Argentina because of Maradona’s disgraceful acts.#NGAARGArgentina’s Legend and former drug addict Diego Maradona showed Nigerian fans(Africans) the middle finger after Rojo scored.He is always pathetic! Will never be PELE class! pic.twitter.com/b9J6Ts3ngAJOE MUHAHAMI (@Muhahami) June 27, 2018Maradona raised a middle finger to us and you still supported Argentina, You people are crazy, you people are mad and only God can help youadvertisementThe Naija Spirit (@its_hammadrabiu) June 26, 2018Maradona giving the middle finger. Mate, you need to give the middle finger to your dealer & back to rehab. You look a mess. You fucking cocaine addictEl Cerebro (@tuale_CA) June 26, 2018Maradona legit screamed PUTA and showed his middle finger. The kind of respect he shows to the audience is the sole reason why he shouldnt be shown on TV because NO ONE WANTS TO SEE HIM.khawla (@K_Blaugrana) June 26, 2018Dear Messi,You’re still my GOAT and I hope you score in the next match. I hope your team LOSES however though. FIFA sold you this match & Maradona gave us the middle finger. I’ll have a very big smile on my face when he goes crazy after you lose against France. pic.twitter.com/KYQPTXurkHBashiru Ismail Babatunde (@bashy_io) June 26, 2018Seeing that obnoxious Maradona sticking the middle finger up when Argentina got their winner, what a throughly difficult team to warm to pic.twitter.com/xAOFh1YtdCIan Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) June 26, 2018Las las Maradona will dieHow can he show the middle finger to a whole NationDumebi (@dumebi_ok) June 26, 2018Is Maradona this stupid to show the middle finger on live TV? Just lost all respect for himKwame Kusi Akuamoah Boateng (Bad Breed) (@FreddyBeeMusik) June 26, 2018But come to think of it o, Maradona is an agbaya! What was that middle finger all about?!!! Take your win and go home! Mcheeeeeeeeeewwwwwww Not a gracious winner!Omoni Oboli (@Omonioboli) June 26, 2018Is it okay to talk about Maradona’s raised middle finger from last night? I think he deserves to be banned from all football arenas for this shameful act. pic.twitter.com/hOUAVRpBJiWallflower (@BiyiToluwalase) June 27, 2018Maradona is an awful human being…….. #JustSayingMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 26, 2018Maradona was the greatest footballer of my youth. Now he appears to be the joke cutaway of choice for tv directors. Not that he helps himself but sad.Mark Chapman (@markchapman) June 26, 2018Gary Lineker, who was doing punditry for BBC, said, “There’s Diego Maradona celebrating. I think there’s a danger he’s becoming a laughing stock I’m afraid.”[He had] let himself down with that celebration. You understand how he’s euphoric, but this kind of reaction… really, Diego?”Former England star Rio Ferdinand was also not impressed by Maradona.”His career as a football player on the pitch was up there with the best, but unfortunately there are moments like this that do arrive. It is not nice to see that,” he said.Also read – Diego Maradona hospitalised after Argentina vs Nigeria match at World CupHowever, this was not the first time that the Argentina great has hogged the limelight for all wrong reasons.Maradona was accused of making racist gesture towards the South Korean fans during Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland on June 16.According to broadcaster Jacqui Oatley, Maradona responded to South Korea fans calling his name.Also read – Diego Maradona says he’s ‘fine’ after being treated by paramedicsadvertisementMaradona “obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture,” he tweeted.On Maradona’s Facebook account a message was posted early Sunday in Spanish, English and Italian seeking to explain the incident, which seemed to break FIFA anti-discrimination rules.”I understand better than anyone that in the World Cup people are looking for news everywhere,” Maradona wrote, adding that he saw “an Asian boy wearing an Argentina T-shirt.”Also read – World Cup 2018: Nigeria eliminated by Argentina, fans heartbroken”I, from afar, tried to tell them how nice it seemed to me that even the Asians cheer for us. And that’s all, guys, come on.”Maradona also apologized on Facebook for smoking a cigar during that Saturday, despite a FIFA ban on smoking at World Cup stadiums.”Everyone has their way of feeling things,” he wrote, citing tension at the game. “I honestly did not know that no one can smoke in the stadiums.”(With inputs from agencies)last_img

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