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Argentina Legend Diego Maradona Responds To Accusation Of Racism

Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona smokes a cigare as he attends the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018. (Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Diego Maradona came under a bit of fire on Saturday afternoon when he was alleged to have made a racist gesture.

The all-time footballing great was in Moscow to watch his national side’s 1-1 draw against Iceland – but stole some of the limelight when ITV commentator Jacqui Oatley suggested that he made a less than proper gesture towards some South Korean supporters in the stadium:

Maradona has since taken to his Facebook account to defend himself from the accusations, insisting that he was just responding to an Asian boy wearing an Argentina shirt – though, tellingly, he at no point denies making the gesture:

“I understand better than anyone who in world times people look for news everywhere, but let’s take it easy: today, in the stadium, among so many displays of affection from people, I got the attention of a group that was around A fan who was filming us, an Asian boy wearing an Argentine shirt. I, from afar, tried to tell them how cute I felt that even the Asians were going for us. And that’s it, boys, please.”

TOPSHOT - Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona waves to the crowd ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018. (Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS        (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Maradona is in Russa working as a pundit for the finals for Italian television. The furore partly distracted from what was an abject Argentine performance that puts their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 in a bit of doubt.

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Author: The PA Team

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