Maradona fears Fifa ban from Nigeria game
Argentina’s greatest footballer of all-time, Diego Maradona, has expressed concern that he may be denied access to watch his country’s game against African champions Nigeria at the World Cup in Brazil.
The Super Eagles and La Albicleste will go head-to-head on June 25 at Estádio José Pinheiro Borba, Porto Alegre and Maradona is worried he may be denied access into the stadium.
This was after he declared that he was prevented from watching his country’s opening World Cup game against Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 15 at the Maracana.
“I was not allowed to go in to the game so I had to return to the hotel to see the second half,” Maradona told TyC Sports.
He said he did “everything I could” to secure entry into the Maracana but was met with stiff resistance.
“I did everything I could but they would not let us in. Someone just said no, it could not happen, so I had to watch it on TV,” an angry Maradona said.
The former Argentina captain is now worried he may suffer the same fate when La Abiceleste come up against the Dragons (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and the Super Eagles in their next two group games.
“Hopefully we will get this resolved because I want to go and see Argentina in several more games.
“It is one thing to not be able to go to a game, and another to not be allowed to go.
“When there is good will, you’re allowed in but when there is ill will, it’s better to forget it and head back to the hotel, which is what we did,” he said.
Maradona has regularly used his daily broadcasts from Brazil to make allegations about Fifa’s ethics.
Speaking at the start of the tournament on the Telesur TV show he co-anchors, Maradona called Fifa’s power over the country “ugly, and people need to know it”.
“Fifa is a multinational that is eating the ball,” he said. “Countries can’t do anything against them. If Fifa decides where soft drinks must be sold, that’s where they have to be sold.”
He also made several specific allegations against Fifa’s president, Sepp Blatter.
Fifa, however, said it had no record of the apparent Maracanã incident, telling local media: “We are not aware that he was not allowed in to the Maracanã. Perhaps he just tried the wrong door.”