FIFA strips Maradona off as paid ambassador role
Diego Maradona has been removed as ambassador for FIFA and will no longer be paid over his poor conduct during the Argentina and Nigeria match.
FIFA had considered Football legend Maradon behaviour embarrasing and hence will no longer be entitle to the fee he do receive from the world soccer governing body for bringing the spotlight to any world cup match he witnessed live.
The 1986 World Cup-winning captain, said to earn £10,000 plus expenses for any event he attends in his capacity as a Fifa ambassador, reacted to Marcos Rojo’s winning goal on Tuesday night with a double one-finger salute before appearing to goad supporters below him.
Maradona had celebrated Argentine’s second goal by raising his middle finger at fans who were trolling him when the score was at 1-1 draw.
FIFA urged Marado to be of good behaviour in the remaining games he’s going to watch at the world cup if he is to avoid a possible stadium ban.
He had looked worse for wear in an executive box at the game in St Petersburg – later confessing to having been drinking – before sparking a health scare when needing to be helped from his seat.
The 57-year-old, who required medical assistance at the stadium, was also forced to deny false rumours that he had been hospitalised and had even died.
Maradona was not on the official Fifa VIP list for Tuesday’s match after having been for Argentina’s World Cup opener against Iceland, at which he was seen smoking a cigar at the non-smoking Spartak Stadium.