Just when you think you haven’t heard from Diego Maradona in a while, boom, there he is. The old “hand of god” came in pretty handy on this occasion…
One of the greatest players to every play the game, if not the greatest, has been filmed slapping an Argentine journalist in the face. The man who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, plus had a storied career with Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli among others, always seems to be in the news for the wrong reasons.
This time an Argentine scribe took the brunt of Maradona’s right hand as the journalist was adjudged to have winked at Diego’s girlfriend Veronica Ojeda. The couple were mobbed by the media after leaving a theater and Maradona was showing off his son Diego Fernando in the car. Diego then got out of the car, as you can watch in the video above, and gave the journalist in question a stern telling off before slapping him in the face.
More details on Diego’s outburst from our friends over at Soccerly, below.
Controversial Argentine football player and coach, Diego Maradona has once again found his way into the spotlight, by slapping a journalist.
Maradona, who was leaving a theater with his girlfriend Veronica Ojeda and their son Diego Fernando, became incensed when it appeared a journalist had winked at Ojeda. Maradona got out of his car and confronted the gentleman before slapping him across the face.
Maradona is famous for his time playing for Italy’s Napoli and the Argentine National Team. The football legend also coached Argentina at the 2010 World Cup before coaching for a season in the United Arab Emirates.
Maradona has long been a controversial figure in sports whether it has been being photographed with alleged mafia bosses to the ‘Hand of God’ goal at the World Cup in 1986. Despite this, Maradona is seen as a hero in Argentina as well as in Naples, where he led Napoli to the Scudetto in 1987 and 1990.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its judges dismissed Malouda’s appeal against North American soccer body CONCACAF.
French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.
The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players from transferring allegiance after playing a competitive game for one country.
Malouda played 80 times for France including a 2006 World Cup final loss against Italy.
The French Guiana soccer federation hoped Malouda, now aged 37, could play in the Gold Cup because it is not a FIFA member.
A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.
Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.
Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.
Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.
The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.
Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.
If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.
Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.
The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.
Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.
The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.
Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.
This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.
The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.
For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.
SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.
Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.
The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.