A new report has emerged that says the medical team of former Argentina football star Diego Maradona acted recklessly prior to his death.
The death of Diego Maradona in November last year sent shockwaves through the world. The Argentine football star had a long history of substance abuse prior to his untimely passing. Yet his status within the game saw him retain a strong connection with fans around the world. Now, a new report has emerged that says his medical team acted recklessly prior to his death.
“The action of the health team in charge of treating DAM [Diego Armando Maradona] was inadequate, deficient and reckless,” said the medical board report, as quoted by Reuters.
The report also said that Maradona was seriously unwell about 12 hours before his death at around midday on 25 November.
“He presented unequivocal signs of a prolonged agonising period, so we conclude that the patient was not properly monitored from 00:30 on 11/25/2020,” the report added.
Maradona’s life featured plenty of drug-related issues. Indeed, his cocaine addiction during his days at Napoli were something of an open secret.
In a documentary film he reveals how he would party after games and then spend the rest of the week sweating the drugs out of his system so that he could play again on the weekends.
Drug use also saw him cop lenghty bans from the game on two seperate occasions. The second of those came in the middle of the 1994 World Cup and ended his international career.
Yet his ability with the ball was never in doubt. He almost single-handedly led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, and also to the final in 1990.
His club career also saw him win numerous honours, with most of his exploits coming at Napoli. Indeed, Maradona retains God-like status in the southern city of Naples, Italy.
After his death, Napoli renamed their stadium in Maradona’s honour. After formerly going by the name Stadio San Paolo, it is now the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
There’s also the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The stadium is the home to Argentinos Juniors, the club where Maradona played youth level football.
This stadium was named in 2004, showing the impact the boy from Vila Fiorito had on the club’s profile around the world.