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Maradona banned from football for 2 Months

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by Hammydiresta (U13692566) 15 November 2009
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Just seen on Breaking news that Fifa have banned Diego Maradona from Football for 2 Months.

The ban relates to his outburst after last months Victory over Uruguay. The Ban is set to run from 15 November to 15 January 2010.

news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo...

What do you make of this ban.

Is it fair or harsh on Maradona?

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posted Nov 16, 2009

Maradona and controversy go hand in hand. If he remains as Argentina Manager going into and beyond the World Cup 2010, donít expect this to be his final clash with FIFA.

http://sportales.com/soccer/diego-armando-maradona/

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posted Nov 16, 2009

Sorry, I was wrong. The USA, that well-known world football giant, is ranked 11th. Not "in the top 20" but ALMOST in the top 10.
Republic of Ireland? 34th.
Who would be the favourites if Ireland played the USA?
FIFA IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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comment by Will (U8865357)

posted Nov 16, 2009

As an argentinian this guy is a disgrace. He gave us a lot but he is taking as much as he has give...

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posted Nov 16, 2009

Why is this STILL on the front of the page? Surely Scotland sacking Burley at the very least should knock it off it's perch.

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posted Nov 16, 2009

I dont like FIFA either but I think you are a little harsh on the US team. They have qualified for World Cups now for a number of years & also knocked Spain out of the confederarions cup last year.

I think most fans pay no attention to the rankings, you have to beat the best to win any tournament.

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posted Nov 17, 2009

I don't understand why FIFA got involved. Isn't this a political issue about free speech? Maradona has the right to say what he wants to the media.

The right-wing FIFA, football and political establishment have never liked him because he is a socialist.

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posted Nov 17, 2009

Good point about freedom of speech.

What are FIFA saying here, that even managers press conferences are under their remit.

He should have told them where to stick it, who voted FIFA into power anyway?

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posted Nov 17, 2009

I think people get mixed up on the "Freedom of Speech" issue. Political or public affairs freedom of speech may be a civil rights issue, within a country, politically, but within an organization, it doesn't exist. You don't have freedom of speech at the company you work for, if you call the president or the loading dock guys, drunkards, in a broadcast email. Players don't have freedom of speech with the referee. And managers don't have freedom of speech with respect to their comments at post-game press conferences. You don't have freedom of speech within an organization, within a league, within any kind of organized body. So don't mix up the freedom to criticize a government, in a democracy, with the freedom to run your mouth at an international football event on TV.

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posted Nov 18, 2009

SvennGoranEriksson (U10410919)

I understand your point. If I was to use that language at my work place I'd expect a heavy punishment. However, the journalists he insulted are not employed by FIFA so he has the right to speak to them how he wants; especially since a lot of these people would be harassing him outside his house had Argentina not qualified.

And it wasn't "at an international football event on TV". Players are often seen swearing during a LIVE FOOTBALL MATCH but never get punished. So why Maradona?

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