Diego Maradona was caught celebrating Argentina’s late winner against Nigeria at the World Cup with a offensive gesture on Tuesday.
As television cameras swung his way, seconds after Marcos Rojo’s winning goal, Maradona thrust middle-finger gestures with both hands. Swinging his arms back and forth, he also appeared to shout out before the cameras turned away.
The 57-year-old drove Argentina to World Cup glory at Mexico ’86, and played at four World Cups in total.
At the 2018 Finals in Russia, Maradona has been a notable presence at all of Argentina’s matches, watching from the stands.
Speaking about the incident, Gary Lineker said on BBC: “There’s a danger of him becoming a laughing stock I’m afraid in many ways.
“But Argentina, a marvellous evening for them, got through and did what they had to do.”
A video posted by Fernando Schwartz, a well-known sports journalist in Mexico, appeared to show Maradona needing assistance to walk from his seat overlooking the pitch and into an adjacent room.