Maradona faces suspension after TV outburst prompts Fifa action
Saturday 17 October 2009
Diego Maradona could have compromised his role in Argentina's World Cup build-up after Fifa announced they are to investigate his conduct in a reportedly obscene television interview following his side's 1-0 win over Uruguay.
The win saw Argentina confirm their qualification for the finals next year and, after a period of prolonged criticism of his tenure, Maradona responded with some choice words in his post-match questioning.
Fifa have confirmed that they will be looking into the incident and if found guilty, they could present him with a five-match ban – something that would significantly disrupt his planning for South Africa.
President Sepp Blatter, speaking in Cairo, said: "The media reports we have received so far leave us with with no alternative but to ask the disciplinary committee of Fifa to open a case against the coach of Argentina, Diego Maradona."
Fifa are understood to be investigating the colourful 48-year-old's comments as a potential breach of Article 58 of their disciplinary code.
The relevant passage reads: "Anyone who offends the dignity of a person or group of persons through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions concerning race, colour, language, religion or origin shall be suspended for at least five matches."
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