Maradona will have to defend himself at FIFA for his outbursts
The Argentine’s team’s coach, Diego Maradona, will go on Sunday to the Disciplinary Committee of FIFA for the insults uttered after the match on October 14, where Argentina qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“This is for those who didn’t believe in this national team, for those who treated me like rubbish. Today we are in the World Cup. Without anyone’s help and with all the honours. To those who didn’t believe, suck it… keep sucking,” had said Maradona to journalists at the press conference. Following that he lashed back at Juan Carlos “Toti” Pasman, Argentine journalist: “You too Pasman, you have dick up your arse.”
The Commission, chaired by Marcel Mathier, will hear the Argentine’s coach arguments, from 14 hs, in the headquarters of the world’s governing body, in Zurich. The hearing will be held behind closed doors.
After the outbursts, Joseph Blatter asked the disciplinary committee to open an investigation.
The sanctions could be a suspension for a minimum of five games, a ban to access the stadiums and a fine of “at least 20,000 Swiss francs (13,000 euros).
After the start of the controversy sparked by his remarks in Montevideo, the coach refused to retract. “I apologize to the ladies, my mother, Argentine women, Uruguayan women, women in the world. Not to the others,” he said on television.