Football icon Diego Maradona refused entry to USA after 'Donald Trump insult'

David Cooper - Writer 19:34 02/02/2018
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Diego Maradona has reportedly courted controversy once again.

The lawyer of controversial Argentina football legend and current Fujairah manager Diego Maradona has claimed her client has been denied entry into the United States because he insulted President Donald Trump on television.

Maradona, 57, reportedly had to visit Miami because of a court case involving Claudia Villafane, his ex-wife of 14 years, and the purchase of several luxury properties. But his attempts to gain a visa for the States were denied by US authorities.

Speaking on the Argentine TV show ‘Buenos dias America’, Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla, explained an explosive appearance on Venezuelan network TeleSur was to blame when in the process of gaining the documents.

“You can imagine, I was in the embassy and I said ‘Diego, please don’t talk about the United States’,” said Morla, of Maradona who was kicked out of the USA at World Cup 1994 because of a failed drugs test.

“Because the interview was with TeleSur and I know how these things go. “And the second question was ‘What do you think of Donald Trump’?

“He said ‘Donald Trump is a chirolita (a slang term for dummy or puppet)?’

“After this, I said I’m going to have to represent you in Miami instead.”

Maradona is a long-term Dubai resident and took over as coach at First Division League’s Fujairah in May.

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