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 in the course of Thursday suddenly the photos of employees of the funeral home circulated on social media. The images show how they kissed the football star on his forehead and then raised their thumbs.
The photos were shared en masse, but removed a little later because the photos 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 three employees on the spot.
On Thursday morning, the closed coffin was taken to the presidential palace in the Argentinian capital 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 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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