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Diego Maradona responds to Julio Grondona with a ‘middle finger’

Maradona watched the game at the Mineirao Stadium but left shortly before Messi scored the winner in stoppage time. (Source: AP) Maradona watched the game at the Mineirao Stadium but left shortly before Messi scored the winner in stoppage time. (Source: AP)
Associated Press | Rio De Janeiro | Posted: June 23, 2014 3:04 pm | Updated: June 23, 2014 3:42 pm

Diego Maradona has responded to being called a “bad luck charm” by Argentina’s football association president by showing him the middle finger on live TV.

Maradona was responding to reports that Julio Grondona called him a jinx after Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday.

Maradona watched the game at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte but left shortly before Lionel Messi scored the winner in stoppage time. Argentine media reported that Grondona said “the bad luck charm left and we won.” Maradona, who has a spiky relationship with Grondona, later gave analysis to Venezuelan broadcaster Telesur.

He said, “I want to tell Grondona, who said that, that what I have, I earned working. What he has was bought by FIFA.”

He later looked at the camera in silence and stuck up his middle finger.

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