Diego Maradona: Police use teargas, water cannon on mourners during funeral

Diego Maradona: Police use teargas, water cannon on mourners during funeral

- Diego Maradona's funeral in Buenos Aires saw police and mourners clash

- Thousand of fans showed up for the ceremony which led to the clash

- Fans in Naples, Barcelona, Seville also observed three-day mourning of the football icon

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Thousands of Argentines gathered to pay their last respect to one of the greatest footballers of all time, Diego Maradona, on Thursday, November 25, 2020.

Maradona's body was laid at the presidential mansion at Casa Rosada during the three days of mourning ordered by the Argentine President Alberto Fernandez.

The Napoli legend's coffin was wrapped with the blue and white flag of the South American nation which had his famous No.10 shirt on it.

Diego Maradona: Police use teargas, water cannon on mourners during funeral
Diego Maradona: Police use teargas, water cannon on mourners during funeral. Photo by Mariano Gabriel
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Argentine trooped in thousands to pay tribute to the football icon who led them to World Cup glory in 1986 at the Plaza de Mayo square.

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Maradona's family and former teammates had seats reserved for them but the numbers increased as riot police could no longer contain the crowd.

And according to Argentine news outlet Clarin quoted by Goal, water cannons and teargas were used to disperse the crowd.

Video clips emerged on social media which showed how bottles and fences were launched near Maradona's temporary place of rest.

The former Barcelona star will be laid to rest at the Jardines de Bella Vista cemetery on the outskirts of the city, which is understood to be where his parents were buried.

In the city of Naples, Seville and Barcelona, fans of the legendary player made makeshift shrines to pay tribute to him.

Maradona is survived by five children and his former wife, Claudia Villafane, who he divorced in 2004.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Peter Shilton is still pained from the event of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico when Argentina knocked out England in the quarter-finals.

The legendary goalkeeper claims Diego Maradona had greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship when speaking of his death.

Maradona scored both goals in the last eight including the Hand of God goal that led Argentina in lifting their second world title.

Shilton insisted that the football icon never apologized for cheating with the event still lingering in his memory after 34 years.

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