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Maradona: “I'm more alive than ever”; offers a reward on the origin of fake news about his death

Saturday, June 30th 2018 - 15:39 UTC
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Two Spanish-language audio clips claimed Maradona had suffered a heart attack and died, shortly after news emerged of his eccentric and bizarre behavior Two Spanish-language audio clips claimed Maradona had suffered a heart attack and died, shortly after news emerged of his eccentric and bizarre behavior

Argentina's former football star Diego Maradona has issued a bounty worth 300,000 pesos (US$10,800 / £8,300) to find the journalist responsible for reporting fake news regarding his death, according to Infobae.

Two Spanish-language audio clips claimed Maradona had suffered a heart attack and died, shortly after news emerged of his eccentric and bizarre behavior during — and after — Argentina's 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the FIFA World Cup group game on Tuesday.

Maradona's out of control antics overshadowed the match itself as he was caught on video celebrating strangely, dancing with a Nigerian soccer fan, and then falling asleep at half-time.

After he woke up he swore at soccer fans below his VIP box, required assistance to leave his seat, and had his pulse checked by paramedics after the final whistle.

The extraordinary series of events captured the imagination of social media and the internet.

An ESPN radio journalist tweeted that Maradona was hospitalized, something the 1986 World Cup winner vehemently denied in an Instgram port, where he said he was “fine”, while aboard a private jet. He had apparently just had neck pain and one too many glasses of white wine.

But the fake news did not stop there — and the audio clips appeared to claim that Maradona was dead.

Now, Maradona's lawyer is trying to track down those responsible. “I have made public the decision to give a reward of 300,000 pesos for anyone who can provide accurate information on the person who put the audio together,” the lawyer told Infobae.

“Often it is thought that, in these issues, little can be done. But my studio tell me they consulted with experts in technology and you can get to know who put it together. That's why we need someone to provide us with information.”

Maradona told Venezuelan TV that he is not dead. He said he is “more alive than ever.” He added “I want to let the whole world know that I'm more alive than ever.”

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  • Marti Llazo

    Patrick of course is characteristically out of contact with Planet Earth, and Argentina as well. Disgusting drug-addict Maradona has been front-page news in Argentina and elsewhere during the Copa.

    See the world news:

    “With Messi and Maradona in the spotlight, you can’t take your eyes off Argentina at this World Cup”

    “Veja as reações de Maradona à eliminação da Argentina”

    “Diego Maradona é o Keith Richards do futebol”

    'Diego Maradona: “Tengo el caparazón muy duro como para que me maten algunos estúpidos” '

    “El audio en el que Diego Maradona desmiente su muerte y revela una maniobra para sacar a Claudio Chiqui Tapia de la AFA”

    “Diego Maradona armó su propio show en la cancha, y terminó el partido descompuesto”

    and on and on for another thousand or so other notes

    Preposterous Patricio seems to be the intellectual twin of Ridiculous Reekie

    Jun 30th, 2018 - 07:55 pm +3
  • Jack Bauer

    “Maradona told Venezuelan TV that he is not dead”.....I'm sure that is good news...(only) for Maduro.

    Maradona is just a degenerate drug addict and his 'bizarre' antics at the World Cup, despite showing what a pathetic buffoon he is, is almost entertaining.... snoring during the match, jumping like madman, being help down so he doesn't roll over the protective glass fence, and showing his middle finger to the crowds.....a disgusting idiot.

    Jun 30th, 2018 - 10:39 pm +3
  • arglands

    Ok Jack. You have 24 hrs. Go and sort him out!

    Jul 01st, 2018 - 01:17 pm 0
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