World Cup 2018: Diego Maradona accused of making ‘clearly racist gesture’ at young South Korean fans

The former Argentina forward was accused of making an offensive gesture by ITV presenter Jacqui Oatley during the World Cup encounter with Iceland

Jack de Menezes@JackdeMenezes
Saturday 16 June 2018 19:26
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Diego Maradona has been accused of making a 'clearly racist gesture' at the World Cup
Diego Maradona has been accused of making a 'clearly racist gesture' at the World Cup

World Cup legend Diego Maradona has been accused of making a racist gesture while watching the 1-1 draw between Argentina and Iceland on Saturday.

The 57-year-old was spotted in the Spartak Stadium stands near to the press box where members of the media were located, and he was happy to pose for pictures with fans throughout the game.

But ITV presenter Jacqui Oatley, who was also in the stadium as part of the broadcaster’s coverage of the encounter, claimed that Maradona made a “clearly racist gesture” after young South Korean fans shouted and waved at him.

“Maradona not so cool now. Some South Korea fans just shouted “Diego” and he obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture. All of us who saw it are stunned,” Oatley posted on Twitter.

Other reporters also posted messages on social media expressing their disbelief that the former Argentina international had performed such a gesture, with presenter Seema Jaswal admitting that Maradona “should know better”.

Maradona was also spotted smoking a large cigar during the match even though the stadium is a non-smoking venue.

He played at four World Cups during his career between 1982 and 1994, making 91 appearances for the Argentina national team and scoring 34 goals in an illustrious career that saw him lift the famous World Cup trophy in 1986.

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