Diego Maradona dies aged 60 – tributes and reaction!

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MARADONA 1960 - 2020

Cause of death of the Argentinean legend

The Argentinean authorities have confirmed that Maradona passed away at midday local time in his house in the province of Buenos Aires. Heart failure was the cause of death, according to district attorney John Broyad, who attended the Argentinean legend’s house in Tigre, in the province of Buenos Aires, where Maradona passed away today.

Simeone: “Maradona was our guide when we were kids” As expected Diego Simeone was asked about Maradona’s death in his press conference after Atleti’s goalless draw with Lokomotiv. El Cholo remembered how Maradona took him under his wing when he joined Sevilla and sent a message of condolence to Diego’s family. “It’s tough, really difficult, like I am sure it must be for everyone who shared time with Diego. A legend has left us. Those of us in that era, aged 8 or 9 years old, grew up looking up to Diego when he was still starting out and so for us, he was the guide for what it meant to play football. All of us feel a lot of pain in this moment. Maradona is football, he’s Argentinean… he had that rebellious character which identified him wherever he went and I am left with the moments I shared with him – he invited me to his house, he looked after me, he showed me what the Argentinean national side is all about, what it feels to play for Argentina. So when someone tells you that “Diego’s gone”, it’s very hard for that to sink in, you think it can’t be true, “No, no he can’t have gone…”. But he will still be with us, his spirit will remain in football grounds everywhere. He’s the best”.



Ali Nasser, the Tunisian referee who allowed Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal to stand, has spoken to AFP.

“I didn’t see the hand, but I had a doubt,” Nasser, now 76, said. “You can see the pictures: I stepped back to take the advice of my assistant, Bulgarian (Bogdan) Dochev, and when he said it was good, I gave the goal.”
“Fifa gave me a 9.4 [referee rating] on this game, I did what I had to do, but there was confusion. Dochev later indicated that he had seen two arms, and he didn’t know if it was Shilton’s or Maradona’s.
You know, sometimes it’s best to say nothing at all.

Referee Ali Nasser instructs Diego Maradona and Peter Shilton not to do anything that will be talked about for the next 34 years. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images
Referee Ali Nasser instructs Diego Maradona and Peter Shilton not to do anything that will be talked about for the next 34 years. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images


Emotions are understandably running high today.
In unrelated news, Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly called on Fifa to retire the No 10 worldwide in honour of Maradona.