Maradona 'kicks' up another controversy

A video posted on YouTube showed Argentina’s 1986 World Cup winning captain attempting to pose for a pre-match photo-shoot in front of a banner hanging on the wire mesh separating fans from the pitch.

After shooing away some over-enthusiastic supporters who tried to approach him, Maradona appeared to grow annoyed at a fan who persistently lifted the banner from behind.

Eventually, he kicked the fan’s hand away with a touch that was light but, in an Arab culture that holds feet to be dirty, could have caused offence. Maradona apologised to the fan according to local media. Al-Wasl went on to win the game against promoted Emirates 3-0 in the second round of the Etisalat Cup.

“I am emotional, this is my nature. I’ve always been like this as a player and coach. Sometimes I feel like I’m a player of Al-Wasl,” he was quoted as saying in Abu Dhabi-based sports website sport360.com

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