Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

FIFA to take a closer look at Maradona rant

Diego Maradona could have compromised his role in Argentina's World Cup build-up after FIFA announced they are to investigate his conduct in a reportedly obscene television interview following his side's 1-0 win over Uruguay.

The win saw Argentina confirm their qualification for the finals next year and, after a period of prolonged criticism of his tenure, Maradona responded with some choice words in his post-match questioning.

FIFA have confirmed they will be looking into the incident and if found guilty, they could present him with a five-match ban — something that would significantly disrupt his planning for South Africa.

President Sepp Blatter, speaking in Cairo, said: “The media reports we have received so far leave us with with no alternative but to ask the disciplinary committee of FIFA to open a case against the coach of Argentina, Diego Maradona.”

FIFA are understood to be investigating the colourful 48-year-old's comments as a potential breach of Article 58 of the football body’s disciplinary code.

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