Diego Maradona celebrates Argentina’s World Cup win with offensive gesture

Diego Maradona was caught celebrating Argentina’s late winner against Nigeria at the World Cup with a offensive gesture on Tuesday.

As television cameras swung his way, seconds after Marcos Rojo’s winning goal, Maradona thrust middle-finger gestures with both hands. Swinging his arms back and forth, he also appeared to shout out before the cameras turned away.

The 57-year-old drove Argentina to World Cup glory at Mexico ’86, and played at four World Cups in total.

Maradona celebrates the winner in St Petersburg
Maradona celebrates the winner in St Petersburg

At the 2018 Finals in Russia, Maradona has been a notable presence at all of Argentina’s matches, watching from the stands.

Maradona holds a flag of himself before kick off
Maradona holds a flag of himself before kick off

Speaking about the incident, Gary Lineker said on BBC: “There’s a danger of him becoming a laughing stock I’m afraid in many ways.

“But Argentina, a marvellous evening for them, got through and did what they had to do.”

A video posted by Fernando Schwartz, a well-known sports journalist in Mexico, appeared to show Maradona needing assistance to walk from his seat overlooking the pitch and into an adjacent room.

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