Paula Dapena protests in memory of Diego Maradona. For the 24-year-old soccer player, Maradona is anything but a hero.
Diego Maradona died at the end of November.
While the world of football is in mourning, a young soccer player protests.
He says Maradona is a rapist and a pedophile.
He is now receiving death threats.
For many Argentines, Diego Maradona is a hero. And not just for her, no. For football fans from all over the world, Mardona is an idol, a legend. When the former footballer died in late November, the world fell apart for many. The world of football was crying, people were crying. Before matches, there were usually minutes of silence to honor the Argentine legend. This was also the case in the Viajes Interrias FF match against Deportivo Abanca in the Spanish third division.
Although – something was different: Paula Dapena refused to commemorate one of the best footballers of all time. While everyone involved stood in silence and next to the pitch, the 24-year-old soccer player turned her back on the action and sat on the ground demonstratively.
Maradona rapist and pedophile?
After the game, he explained why he did it on the online portal “Pontevedra Viva”: “I refuse to observe a minute of silence for a rapist, pedophile and perpetrator. He cannot be forgiven for all the atrocities he has committed. “And:” Maradona was a player with great skills. But first as a person you have to embody values that are greater and beyond those capabilities. “
Reactions to their protests varied. Some were harmless. So the coach asked the guests of the interval at Dapena the reason for their action, and the team mates reacted calmly. “They looked at me and laughed because they knew I didn’t want to,” Dapena said. Your feminist views are known on the team.
Other reactions were far from harmless. The 24-year-old has also received death threats, which is why she had to switch her social media channels to private. However, she sticks to her opinion and is still convinced of it.
In 1999, Maradona was on trial
Compared to the online newspaper “El Diario”, Dapena added: “A few days ago it was the international day for the elimination of violence against women. And a minute of silence was observed for a man who committed abuse, not for the victims. My feminist ideals did not allow to pay homage to Maradona. For me Maradona was a spectacular player, but as a person he left a lot to be desired. “
The footballer does not confirm his allegations. It can be assumed that it alludes to a 1999 trial. At that time, Maradona, who had several children, had to go to court for a paternity trial and was sentenced. Rumor has it that he had an affair with a minor and got her pregnant.
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