2018 FIFA World Cup: Diego Maradona flouts rules, caught smoking cigar; makes racist gesture to Asian fan
Football legend Diego Maradona on Saturday once again showed why he can’t stay away from controversy like he has always been ever since the ‘Hand of God’ goal in 1986 World Cup. The former Argentina player was caught smoking a cigar inside the stadium while watching Argentina play Iceland in their first match of the tournament.
Maradona was seen puffing smoking even though smoking cigars and tobacco is banned at all the venues of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, according to reports. The 57-year-old was also seen making racist gestures to South Korean fans who were said to have only been waving at him. The alleged racist gesture was spotted by an television journalist, who was at the stadium at the time. The journalist in her Twitter post wrote that while Maradona obliged with a smile, kiss and a wave, he also pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture.
However, Diego has responded to the racist claims, saying that he from afar he tried to tell the Asian boy who was wearing the Argentina jersey how nice it seemed to him that even the Asians cheer for his country.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that Maradona has been involved in controversy. Earlier, he has been caught being involved in drug abuse on various occasions. Diego Maradona known for his swift dribbling shot to fame with the hand goal and also went on to win the Golden Ball award in the World Cup in 1986.