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Language | Updated: 27 Nov 2020, 11:08:00 AM
Buenos Aires, 27 November (AP) Thousands of football enthusiasts flocked the streets here to sing the football song with tears in their eyes and the Argentine flag in their hands to pay their last respects to the great hero Diego Maradona. Police also had to use force. The last darshan of Maradona’s body was stopped at six in the evening. This agitated onlookers to get a glimpse of him and caused tension at the graveyard doors. A private at Jardine Bella Vista Cemetery
Buenos Aires, 27 November (AP) Thousands of football enthusiasts flocked the streets here to sing the football song with tears in their eyes and the Argentine flag in their hands to pay their last respects to the great hero Diego Maradona. Police also had to use force. The last darshan of Maradona’s body was stopped at six in the evening. This agitated onlookers to get a glimpse of him and caused tension at the graveyard doors. About two dozen people were present at the Jardine Bella Vista Cemetery for a private religious ceremony and funeral. Maradona is buried near his parents Dalma and Diego. Fans were singing football songs on their last trip while some wrapped the national flag. They had long queues 20 blocks away from Plaza de Mayo. This is where Maradona led the celebrations when he won the 1986 World Cup. Shortening the time of his last visit, the police had to use force to control the angry fans. Fans threw stones at the police, in response to which the police fired rubber bullets. The violence led to a series of arrests and arrests, leading to Maradona’s family’s decision to discontinue public viewing. The coffin was then placed on the car with Maradona’s name written on it. To give him a final farewell, the ardent fans climbed the walls of Rashtrapati Bhavan as if it were a football stadium. Firemen kept on fighting to remove them. With the departure of his funeral, people started shouting slogans, “Diego is not dead, Diego lives in the hearts of the people”. In the last journey there was a police convoy along with the convoy of vehicles. Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday. His fans could not control the emotion in his last journey and while kissing he kissed the coffin. Maradona’s body was wrapped in the Argentinian flag and number ten jersey. From the Boca Juniors club to the national team, he wore the number 10 jersey. His daughters and close family members gave their first farewell. His former wife Claudia Villafar came with Maradona’s daughters Dalma and Giannina. He was followed by his other ex-wife Veronica with his son DiGuito Fernando. His son Jana Maradona was also present at the funeral. This was followed by the 1986 World Cup winning teammates including Oscar Ragerie. Several other Argentine footballer were also present on the occasion. Earlier in the morning, President Alberto Fernandez placed the Argentinian Juniors team jersey on his coffin from where Maradona began his football journey. He also placed two handkerchiefs of the human rights organization ‘Mother of the Plaza de Mayo’ near Maradona’s body. Maradona wore these handkerchiefs for years to protest against the disappearance of children during the military dictatorship in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. Maradona, who has a tendency towards the left, had a picture of the revolutionary Che Guevara on one hand. He became Argentina’s great by scoring two goals in the World Cup 1986 quarter-final against England. For Argentina, that victory was not just a football victory but also a revenge for the defeat in the Falkland War. Ap monamona
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