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Sport Maradona Farewell Turns Chaotic, Upending Covid Restrictions

23:30  26 november  2020
23:30  26 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

Obituary: Argentine soccer genius Maradona saw heaven and hell

  Obituary: Argentine soccer genius Maradona saw heaven and hell Obituary: Argentine soccer genius Maradona saw heaven and hellMaradona had died after suffering a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, those close to him confirmed.

Maradona died on Wednesday of a heart attack in a house outside Buenos Aires where he recovered from a brain operation on Nov. The first to bid farewell were his daughters and close family members. Then came former teammates of the 1986 World Cup-winning squad including Oscar

Impatient fans were confronting police as thousands lined up to say goodbye to Diego Maradona on Thursday at the Argentine presidential mansion staging the funeral of one of football's greatest stars. Fans threw bottles and metal fences at police near the Casa Rosada in the heart of Buenos Aires.

(Bloomberg) -- Pent-up emotions after eight months of strict Covid-19 restrictions in Argentina spilled over with the death of soccer superstar Diego Maradona, prompting people to flood squares, streets and the presidential palace to honor their icon.

After many supporters waited in barricaded lines overnight to pay their respects, the wake was largely orderly and peaceful until the afternoon when the homage abruptly ended amid crowds streaming into the palace known as the Casa Rosada in downtown Buenos Aires.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Argentinians Hold Massive Funeral For Diego Maradona © Photographer: Getty Images/Getty Images South America Argentinians Hold Massive Funeral For Diego Maradona

Riot police clash with people outside of the Casa Rosada during Diego Maradona’s funeral on Nov. 26.

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  OBITUARY: Maradona rose from poverty to become one of the greatest JEFF POWELL: To many, Diego Maradona is best remembered for the Hand of God goal that knocked England out of Mexico 86 and his later descent into drugs. But Jeff Powell, who was the first British journalist to recognise his genius, believes the little Argentine should be celebrated as the greatest player (bar one) to have graced the game © Provided by Daily Mail Diego Maradona, one of the all-time ultimate legends of football, has died at the age of 60 © Provided by Daily Mail Many will remember him for the  'Hand of God' but the little Argentine was so much more Two nights after Argentina's tumult

Diego Maradona will be given a national hero’s farewell in Argentina, with his wake most likely to be held tomorrow at the Casa Rosada (“Pink House” But in Naples, with Maradona ’s status as a living legend, comparable only to the city’s patron saint, San Gennaro, anti- Covid restrictions will likely not

Maradona , who died aged 60 following a heart attack at home on Wednesday, will lie in state at the pink-hued Casa Rosada presidential palace from Thursday through Saturday. Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID -19 from the editors at U.S. News & World Report.

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Clashes with the police took place in and around the iconic Plaza de Mayo in front of the main government buildings.

Earlier, a live stream of the casket showed masked Argentines singing, crying and tossing flowers toward the casket draped in the national team shirt with his number 10. President Alberto Fernandez, his cabinet and soccer coaches and players were among the visitors. The government declared three days of mourning after his sudden death on Wednesday.

“I don’t care about dying. I loved Diego and I hold him in my soul,” said Juan Carlos Luna, a 79-year-old retired building porter when asked whether he was concerned about the risk of being infected by Covid-19.

Read Maradona’s obituary here.

Naples' mayor begins process to rename stadium for Maradona

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Diego Maradona stunned England with two of the most famous World Cup goals of all time at the 1986 World Cup © Reuters. His first goal that day, the now infamous 'Hand of God', rendered Maradona to be a permanently vilified figure within English football.

Diego Maradona et al. standing in front of a building: Masses Mourn Maradona In Argentina, Upending Covid Restrictions © Bloomberg Masses Mourn Maradona In Argentina, Upending Covid Restrictions

People wait in line to pay tribute to the late Argentine football star Diego Maradona, outside the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, on Nov. 26.

Photographer: Pablo E. Piovano/Bloomberg

People lined up for as many as 11 blocks to enter the presidential palace to see the casket. While certain rules were imposed within the building, social distancing and mask wearing was impossible to police outside. The wake was expected to draw a million people with some comparing it to the service for former first lady Eva Peron.

The opening to a mass gathering marks a sharp contrast to nearly eight months of tightly-managed lockdown, one of the longest in the world. Airports have only recently resumed normal operations. Currently, the city only allows outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and schools are allowed to host short outdoor activities of as many as 10 students at a time.

Diego Maradona once said he hated 'everything' from the US, and called President George W. Bush 'human trash'

  Diego Maradona once said he hated 'everything' from the US, and called President George W. Bush 'human trash' At an anti-Bush protest in Argentina in 2005, Maradona also wore a "Stop Bush" t-shirt that had the "s" in "Bush" replaced by a swastika.Speaking in 2007 to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Maradona discussed his own personal belief in socialism, and denounced the US.

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The government was initially praised for its swift and strict March lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus, but cases continued spreading through the winter, reaching a peak in October. The country has failed to carry out widespread testing leading to positivity rates of as high as 65% during the pandemic.

Argentina ranked second-last of 53 countries in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking, which examined data to determine the best places to be during the pandemic including overall cases, deaths, expected economic impact and testing.

The South American nation of 45 million people, which is battling years of economic malaise and recently restructured $65 billion of debt, has about 1.4 million cases and 37,000 deaths from the virus. That ranks 9th and 10th respectively in the world.

Within hours of the news of Maradona’s death fans of all ages began chanting soccer anthems around the iconic Obelisk in the city center, waving flags. Food, beer and merchandise stands added to the festive stadium ambiance.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Masses Mourn Maradona In Argentina, Upending Covid Restrictions © Bloomberg Masses Mourn Maradona In Argentina, Upending Covid Restrictions

People gather while waiting to pay tribute to the late Maradona on Nov. 26.

Diego Maradona's lawyer wants investigation into arrival time of ambulance

  Diego Maradona's lawyer wants investigation into arrival time of ambulance Diego Maradona's longtime lawyer and agent wants an investigation launched regarding the arrival time of an ambulance to the soccer legend's home.Maradona died Tuesday at age 60 following a heart attack, his spokesman Sebastián Sanchi said.

Photographer: Pablo E. Piovano/Bloomberg

The event drew criticism from some opposition politicians who note that the government still hasn’t released a wide-ranging plan to reopen schools but managed to quickly pull together the mass event in Maradona’s honor. Jogging and outdoor dining was only authorized relatively recently in the capital.

Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup and won league championships in Italy and at home, granting him the sort of iconic status normally reserved for war heroes. But while his scoring prowess and flair in slaloming past opponents vaulted him into the hall of soccer fame, he struggled to cope with the adulation and his battles with addiction became regular global news.

“Today is really a special day and the pandemic gets relegated to a second tier,” said Pablo Aviñoa, 45, an airline steward, as he walked out of the presidential palace. He added that there was sufficient space for people to socially distance as they entered to see the casket.

(Updates to add details on clashes in second paragraph.)

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Remembering Diego Maradona, a leftie on the field — and in politics .
While Diego Maradona never ran or held public office, his success on the field, larger-than-life personality and friendships with leftist leaders connected him to political life in Argentina and across Latin America over more than three decades. “Fútbol is practically our religion. It’s impossible to separate Argentina from fútbol,” said Patricio Eleisegui, a fan from Argentina who last week visited Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, the site of the 1986 England game. “Maradona was a representation of all our dreams.

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