The employee of the funeral home near the box of Maradona, who has now been fired. The photo was cut because the body was on display.
While all Argentina and football fans around the world mourn the death of Diego Maradona, controversy has arisen over photos circulating of an employee of the undertaker. The man posed by the open box and raised an inch. Inadmissible, says the footballer’s family. The man was fired on the spot.
Maradona was laid out in state on Wednesday in the funeral home of funeral director Pinier in the La Paternal district. There, family and close friends could greet him with a final greeting.
But during Thursday photos of an employee of the funeral home suddenly circulated on social media. The images showed him kissing the football star on the forehead and then raising his thumb. The photos were shared en masse, but removed a little later because the photo provoked a wave of protest. With the fans, but especially with the family of the Argentinian football player who felt that privacy had been violated.
The undertaker immediately apologized and fired the employee on the spot.
On Thursday morning, the closed coffin was taken to the presidential palace in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, where anyone who wanted to could say goodbye. But the turnout was so massive that riots broke out because many fans feared that they would no longer get the chance to get to the box. It was then decided to extend the vigil by a few hours.
Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of 60 after cardiac arrest. The coffin with the remains of the football legend will be buried on Thursday evening (Belgian time) after a parade through the streets of Buenos Aires in a cemetery on the outskirts of the Argentinian capital. He is given a final resting place in Bella Vista, where his parents are also buried.
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