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Live Reporting

Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye!

    That's it from us for now.

    Thanks for joining our coverage. We'll be back later with live text commentary of tonight's Europa League matches.

    Until then...

    Diego Maradona
  2. 'The magician, the cheat, the god, the flawed genius'

    Guillem Balague

    Spanish football journalist

    It was less than a month ago that I wrote how Diego Maradona had, against all odds, reached his 60th birthday. A day, I suggested, many had doubted this most complex of men would see.

    As we mourn his passing, it seems almost irrelevant to say that we could all see this coming, that we knew his body was gradually giving up, and his mind was beginning to struggle, because somehow where Diego Armando Maradona was concerned, the normal rules never seemed to apply.

    As much as I thought I knew Maradona, I realised once I began to research my book on him that I knew virtually nothing.

    Read more here.

    Guillem column
  3. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Fri, 20:00 GMT)

    That's all from Steve Bruce.

    Newcastle travel to Crystal Palace tomorrow, hoping to end their run of two defeats on the bounce.

  4. 'Simply the best'

    Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Fri, 20:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Following the death of Diego Maradona, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said: "Whenever he was on the TV and any game he was involved in I would tune in to watch him.

    "It's a sadness that we've lost a great, great footballer. Maradona was simply the best."

  5. 'We haven't played well enough'

    Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Fri, 20:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle have lost both of their last two games and Steve Bruce says his side "haven't played well enough".

    "Our last three games the team we played against could have gone top of the league," said Bruce.

    "In the last couple in particular we haven't played well enough. We accept that and move on. It's important we show that resilience again and try to get a result."

    Steve Bruce
  6. 'Delighted'

    Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Fri, 20:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Magpies boss Steve Bruce says striker Callum Wilson has recovered from a hamstring issue and is available for Friday's trip to Crystal Palace.

    "Callum Wilson will be fit," said Bruce.

    "He will be available which we're delighted about. Ryan Fraser is still a week or so away. Jamaal Lascelles is a doubt. Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey are both OK and will feature."

  7. Bruce incoming

    Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Fri, 20:00 GMT)

    Let's breakaway from Diego Maradona tributes now...

    There's a full schedule of Premier League action this weekend and top flight managers will be speaking to the media over the next 24 hours.

    First up is Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, so stay tuned for updates.

  8. 'Like the sun and the moon'

    South Korean player and manager Huh Jung-moo has paid tribute to the man he faced as a player in the 1986 World Cup, and again in the 2010 World Cup as coaches of their respective national teams: "If I was a firefly, Maradona was a player like the sun and the moon.

    "There was that much difference in our playing ability" Huh told JoongAng Ilbo newspaper.

    South Korea v Argentina
  9. The original viral video

    So it turns out that warm-up footage in the recent post wouldn't have been possible without Belgian TV producer Frank Raes.

    The cameras were filming, but none of it was being aired except on the stadium's JumboTron.

    Raes realised what he had just seen and he cut it together to make a video that was first shown on Belgian TV and has now achieved YouTube immortality.

    You ca read more here.

  10. 'I don't mean any disrespect to English fans'

    This is the moment Wrighty is referring to of course.

    Here's what the man himself had to say on the matter...

    Video content

    Video caption: Diego Maradona: Argentina legend Maradona explains his infamous 'Hand of God' goal
  11. 'Living rent free in English heads'

    Ian Wright

    Former Arsenal striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Obviously he divides opinion, especially with Englishman. He’s still living rent free in a lot of Englishman’s heads 30 odd years after what happened.

    When I started watching football, of course there was Cruyff before him and Pele even before hi, and they were people that I’d lauded, but I hadn’t seen them do their thing.

    No one from that point to this in 1986 has actually come up with the goods like Maradona did in '86 and it was such a seminal moment for me, watching him be the great player that he was.

  12. Buenos Aires responds

    There were similar scenes of celebration in Diego Maradona's hometown of Buenos Aires.

    Large groups gathered in the streets to sing and dance in tribute to the former Argentina captain...


    There was also lots of sadness and emotion as candles were lit and prayers recited...

    Candles lit
    Worshipping fan
  13. Napoli's most famous 'son'?

    These were some of the scenes in Naples last night as the locals came out to celebrate the life of one of their heroes.

    Diego Maradona won two Serie A titles with Napoli of course, and the fans seem to have kept him in their hearts.

    Naples tributes
    Naples tributes
  14. 'I've never seen anything like him'

    BBC Radio 4

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4, former England forward Kevin Keegan said: "I played against him [Diego Maradona] when he was just 20 at Wembley. I've never seen anything like him.

    "I played against maybe three players who I'd put in his class. I played against Pele when he was 38, Johann Cruyff, and then the ones we're watching now, Ronaldo and Messi. He [Maradona] was just like something I'd never seen before on a football field".

    Keegan and Maradona
  15. What was it like to mark Maradona?

    Undoubted natural ability, close ball control and an eye for goal.

    But what was it like to defend against Diego Maradona?

    Former Nigeria defensive midfielder Sunday Oliseh had that job, in what would turn out to be Maradona's last game for his country at USA 94.

    "He was solid, strong, technical. He seemed to have eyes in the back of his head," said Oliseh.

    Read more here.

    Diego Maradona
  16. Get Involved


    Dave: The sad thing is he will be remembered as much for that goal as the one he scored in the 2nd half, which was sheer genius. Perhaps that best sums him up.... a flawed genius.

  17. 'Always in our memory'

    Guardiola watched Maradona playing for Barcelona growing up, and the club have since Tweeted their appreciation of their former number 10.

    That chop back!

    View more on twitter
  18. 'A big hug for all of his family'

    Olympiakos 0-1 Manchester City

    Video content

    Video caption: Maradona gave us 'joy and pleasure' - Guardiola
  19. 'Incredibly beautiful'

    Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo "could not even dream" of being admired as much as Diego Maradona was, says his former Argentina team-mate Ossie Ardiles.

    Three days of mourning have begun in Argentina after Maradona's death on Wednesday.

    His body will lie in state at the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, during that time.

    "To be Diego Maradona was incredibly beautiful," Ardiles told the BBC.

    Read more here.