Diego Maradona could be punished by Fifa after antics during Argentina v Nigeria

first_imgResponding to the claims of racism, Maradona said he was speaking to an ‘Asian boy’ he saw in an Argentina shirt.Last night, he also issued a statement clarifying claims that he had been taken to hospital, saying: “I want to tell everyone that I am fine, and I was not taken to hospital.“At half-time my neck hurt a lot and I had a faint. I was checked by a doctor and he recommended me to go home before the second half, but I wanted to stay because we were risking it all.“How could I leave? I send a kiss to everyone, thanks for the support!” 2 Fifa sources told the Times that Maradona’s actions are being watched, although no steps to remove him from his role, which he took up last year, have yet been taken.Maradona was seen passing out at half-time during Tuesday night’s game and social media footage showed him staggering around his private box, having to be held up when standing for the Argentine national anthem.The Nigeria game, which Argentina won 2-1 to advance to the knockout rounds thanks to Marcos Rojo’s dramatic late winner, was not an official Fifa appearance for Maradona, who was pictured raising both middle fingers to fans below in the aftermath of Rojo’s goal.He did receive an official invitation to the game against Iceland, after which he was forced to apologise for smoking and also made an alleged racist gesture towards South Korean fans in which he pulled his eyes to the sides. The 57-year-old has been the subject of constant controversy in Russia 2 Diego Maradona is ‘being monitored’ for his antics at the World Cup amid rumours he could be stripped of his ambassadorial role with football’s governing body, according to reports.The Argentina legend, 57, could lose the role that pays him a staggering £110,000 plus expenses per public appearance, having been checked by doctors as a precaution after being helped to and from his seat in the stands. Maradona was held up by aides every time he left his seat during Argentina vs Nigeria last_img read more