Argentine Legend Diego Maradona criticizes FIFA for refusing to change
Diego Maradona has come hard on FIFA president Gianni Infantino, accusing his administration of lack of change since taking over from former president Sepp Blatter.
Infantino took over from Blatter in 2016 after the latter was banned from football for six years in 2015 for approving a £1.3m payment to UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011.
Speaking after his side Dorados de Sinaloa’s match against Atletico Zacatepec in the Copa MX, Maradona gave reason why he resigned as captain of FIFA legends.
“I sent a letter to FIFA president, Gianni Infantino in which I resigned from (the post of) being captain of FIFA legends. Since former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter and former Argentina Football Association president, Julio Grondona left, FIFA hasn’t changed a bit. No change,” he said.
“They put us [in a hotel room] with former Dutch player, Marco van Basten and another player. And they treated us as if we were little dogs that only needed to be fed and that’s it. A total lack of respect.
“That’s why I resigned. And now, I will start revealing what I know about this new FIFA.”
Speaking further the 58-year-old also challenged FIFA’s deputy general secretary Zvonimir Boban to a boxing fight.
“Also, I would like to say to Boban that if he wants to look good, let’s go to a (boxing) ring. He shouldn’t have come to the hotel and got angry.” He said
“The worst part is that Boban was sent by someone. And this someone is (Gianni) Infantino. I am not a 20-year-old kid, I am 58. It hurts me because I believed in these people. Now I don’t believe them anymore.”
Maradona retired from playing professional football in 1997 after playing the round leather game for 21 years. He has since gone into coaching and is currently in charge of Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa.