World Cup 2018: Diego Maradona ‘treated by medics’ after Argentina win

World Cup 2018: Diego Maradona ‘treated by medics’ after Argentina win
Maradona gave a rude hand gesture during Argentina's 2-1 win
Maradona gave a rude hand gesture during Argentina’s 2-1 win

(SKY NEWS) – Diego Maradona was reportedly treated by medical staff after Argentina’s dramatic victory over Nigeria at the World Cup.

The former Argentina star had been watching from the stands at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, where he was seen swearing at fans following Marcos Rojo’s late winner.

A video posted on social media appeared to show Maradona, 57, struggling to walk and having to be helped from his seat into a room at the stadium.

Maradona posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday to assure fans that he was “fine”.

He wrote: “I want to tell everyone that I am fine, that I am not, neither was I, interned.

“In the halftime of the game against Nigeria, my neck hurt a lot and I suffered a decompensation.

“I was checked by a doctor and he recommended me to go home before the second half, but I wanted to stay because we were risking it all. How could I leave?

“I send a kiss to everyone, thanks for the support!”

Some reports suggested Maradona had been taken to hospital, but Argentinian newspaper La Nacion said he was treated for low blood pressure at the stadium and left shortly afterwards.

After the match, former England footballer Gary Lineker said Maradona was in danger of becoming a “laughing stock” after the South American raised his middle finger at supporters.

In a reference to Maradona’s infamous “Hand of God” goal against England, comedian David Baddiel tweeted: “Maradona offends again with his hands at a World Cup…”

Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, has battled cocaine addiction in the past.

He has been a notable presence at all of his country’s matches at this year’s World Cup in Russia.


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