DUBAI - Diego Maradona, whose latest role
in a turbulent career is coaching the United Arab Emirates club
side Al-Wasl, was under scrutiny on Friday after kicking out at
a fan in Dubai.
A video posted on YouTube showed Argentina's 1986 World Cup
winning captain attempting to pose for a pre-match photo-shoot
in front of a banner hanging on the wire mesh separating fans
from the pitch.
After shooing away some over-enthusiastic supporters who
tried to approach him, Maradona appeared to grow annoyed at a
fan who persistently lifted the banner from behind.
Eventually he kicked the fan's hand away with a touch that
was light but, in an Arab culture that holds feet to be dirty,
could have caused offence.
Maradona apologised to the fan according to local media. Al-Wasl went on to win the game against promoted Emirates 3-0 in
the second round of the Etisalat Cup.
"I am emotional, this is my nature. I've always been like
this as a player and coach. Sometimes I feel like I'm a player
of Al-Wasl," he was quoted as saying in Abu Dhabi-based sports
Maradona, one of the world's greatest ever players, has
often endured problems on and off the pitch, including arrests,
suspensions and spells in rehab.
He joined Al-Wasl earlier this year after losing his job as
Argentina's national coach when they were beaten 4-0 by Germany
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