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Eight healthcare workers face trial over Maradona’s death – reports

Eight healthcare workers face trial over Maradona’s death – reports

EIGHT healthcare workers will go on trial over the death of Diego Maradona after being charged with "homicide by negligence", Argentine media reported. The footballing great, who led Argentina to a second World Cup title in 1986, died aged 60 in November 2020 from heart failure after undergoing brain surgery days earlier. A court in San Isidro, a town on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, rejected defence appeals for a lesser charge and upheld a year-old indictment by prosecutors for "reckless and inefficient work" in the treatment of the former Boca Juniors and Napoli player, TV channel TN reported. The…
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Soccer Argentina’s post-Maradona youth revel in Messi’s maiden World Cup win

Soccer Argentina’s post-Maradona youth revel in Messi’s maiden World Cup win

MIGUEL LO BIANCO and HORACIO SORIA ARGENTINE Santiago Cutaia, 34, had never felt the elation of his country winning the soccer World Cup before, born two years after late icon Diego Maradona last hoisted the trophy aloft for the Albiceleste in 1986. He has now. His generation, who grew up after the peak of Maradona, witnessed for the first time their team become world champions on Sunday, beating France on penalties in a whipsaw final. It was the third World Cup for Argentina, but the first in 36 years. "I am 34 years old and I had never seen Argentina…
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Argentina’s World Cup winners arrive home to hero’s welcome

Argentina’s World Cup winners arrive home to hero’s welcome

NICOLÁS MISCULIN and MIGUEL LO BIANCO THOUSANDS of ecstatic fans gave Argentina's football squad a hero's welcome in Buenos Aires in the early hours before dawn on Tuesday after the plane carrying Lionel Messi and his World Cup-winning teammates touched down at Ezeiza airport. The Argentine capital has been in party mode since their dramatic victory over France in Sunday's final in Qatar, which gave the country its first World Cup win since Diego Maradona hoisted the trophy 36 years ago. The players, wearing their gold winners' medals around their necks and taking turns to hold the World Cup trophy aloft, waved…
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The great Diego Maradona

The great Diego Maradona

ARGENTINE soccer great Diego Maradona has died after suffering a heart attack. Maradona, 60, regarded as one of the greatest football stars of all time, passed away weeks after he was released from hospital and taken to a recovery clinic where he was to be treated for alcohol dependency, his doctor told reporters. Maradona, 60, regarded as one of the greatest football stars of all time, passed away weeks after he was released from hospital and taken to a recovery clinic where he was to be treated for alcohol dependency, his doctor told reporters.      
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Argentines march, seeking answers over Maradona’s death

Argentines march, seeking answers over Maradona’s death

NICOLAS MISCULIN  ARGENTINES took to the streets yesterday to demand what they say is justice for Diego Maradona after the soccer icon's death in November sparked investigations into how he died and whether there had been any negligence in his care. "He did not die, they killed him!," the organizers of the demonstration said in materials sent out on social media. "Justice for Diego. Trial and punishment of the guilty." The march will begin at 18:00 local time (2100 GMT) at the emblematic Obelisco monument in central Buenos Aires. Maradona, a World Cup winner with Argentina who is regarded as…
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Maradona has been tested for coronavirus

Maradona has been tested for coronavirus

ARGENTINE soccer legend Diego Maradona has been tested for COVID-19, his lawyer has revealed on Twitter. The man who led Argentina to the World Cup in 1986 took the test after he came into close contact last Friday with Facundo Contin, a player who tested positive for the virus less than a day later. The results of the former striker's test are expected within 24 hours, his lawyer Matias Morla said. Morla shared a photo of a medical worker swabbing Maradona. "In compliance with protocols and to put Diego and his family's mind at rest, Maradona was tested at his…
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Soccer-Argentina great Maradona recovering in hospital after anemia – doctor

Soccer-Argentina great Maradona recovering in hospital after anemia – doctor

ARGENTINE soccer great Diego Maradona was anemic and dehydrated but is recovering well in hospital, according to his personal physician. Maradona, 60, is still undergoing tests after he was admitted to the Ipensa clinic in La Plata, Argentina on Monday, according to his doctor Leopoldo Luque, who said his condition is not related to COVID-19. "He is evolving as we wanted. I hope he will want to stay until tomorrow," Luque told reporters. "He will have to do long-term treatment." Luque said on Monday that Maradona was "not well psychologically" and it had impacted his physical health. He is expected…
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How Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ quote went round the world

How Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ quote went round the world

MARTYN HERMAN IT became the most iconic sporting comment of all time but the English-speaking world very nearly did not get to hear Diego Maradona's pithy reflection on his infamous goal in Argentina's 2-1 defeat of England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Reuters sports correspondent Rex Gowar was in the bowels of Azteca Stadium after the match when Maradona confessed to the most talked-about piece of cheating in soccer history. "It was my first World Cup with Reuters," Gowar, who first encountered a teenaged Maradona in Buenos Aires as a photographer for an Argentine newspaper, recalled on Wednesday…
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Maradona, football legend, was a champion of Latin America’s left

Maradona, football legend, was a champion of Latin America’s left

SARAH MARSH ARGENTINA football legend Diego Maradona said his hero, late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro - whom he considered a "second father" and whose face he had tattooed on his leg - once urged him to go into politics. Maradona, who died on Wednesday aged 60, never fulfilled those aspirations but he did play a role in championing leftist leaders across Latin America - such as Castro, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Bolivia's Evo Morales - and in helping to lend them broader international appeal. "Everything Fidel does, everything Chavez does for me is the best (that can be done),"…
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‘Adios Diego’: Maradona buried as world mourns soccer great

‘Adios Diego’: Maradona buried as world mourns soccer great

MAXIMILIAN HEATH and GABRIELE PILERI ARGENTINA’S Diego Maradona, one of the world's greatest ever soccer players, has been buried, amid a global outpouring of grief from the streets of Buenos Aires to Naples in Italy. The death of Maradona at the age of 60 on Wednesday, following a heart attack, has sparked both mourning and celebrations of a true sporting star, who was a genius on the soccer field but lived a life marred by struggles with addiction. In a day of high emotion, the World Cup winner was taken by hearse late on Thursday to the Bella Vista cemetery…
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