Diego Maradona treated by paramedics after appearing to collapse at Argentina vs Nigeria World Cup 2018 game
Argentine hero, Diego Maradona treated by paramedics after he collapsed during Nigeria-Argentina match (indykaila News)
London, June 27, 2018 (AltAfrika)- Argentine hero, Diego Maradona caused steer in Russia yesterday after was reportedly treated by paramedics following Argentina’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup.
The 57-year-old could be seen being helped from his seat at the St Petersburg Stadium, before collapsing into a chair inside the stadium.
However, an Argentina source has since told journalists that the 1986 World Cup winner had been stabilised at the stadium itself and denied that he had been taken to hospital. Maradona was pictured in the early hours of Wednesday morning on a private jet destined for Moscow.
Maradona had earlier been filmed manically celebrating Marcos Rojo’s late winning goal and swearing at supporters and was branded a “laughing stock” by BBC presenter Gary Lineker.
As television cameras swung his way, seconds after the ball hit the back of Nigeria’s net, Maradona thrust middle-finger gestures with both hands.
“There’s Diego Maradona celebrating,” said Lineker. “I think he might make the papers for a different kind of celebration, there’s a danger he’s becoming a laughing stock I’m afraid.
Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was also less impressed with Maradona’s antics. “His career as a football player on the pitch was up there with the best,” added pundit Rio Ferdinand.
“Unfortunately there are moments like this that do arise it’s not nice to see that let him down.”
BBC sports presenter Dan Walker wrote on Twitter: “And that’s why you don’t show Maradona no matter how good he was in his prime”
It is not the first time that Maradona has made the headlines for his antics in Russia.
He was accused of making a racist gesture by ITV presenter Jacqui Oatley while watching the 1-1 draw between Argentina and Iceland last week.
“Maradona not so cool now. Some South Korea fans just shouted “Diego” and he obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture. All of us who saw it are stunned,” Oatley posted on Twitter.
Maradona is widely regarded as one of the best players ever to grace the game, famous for driving Argentina to glory at Mexico 86, helped by his ‘Hand of God’ goal against England.
He played at four World Cups in all.