Protesters stormed the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, to demand justice for the country’s late football icon, Diego Maradona who died on November 25, 2020.
Diego Maradona who was a demigod in Argentina especially after helping the country to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup, battled alcohol addiction and drug abuse in most parts of his illustrious football career. Despite that negative part of his life, he was adored by the majority of football lovers across the world. Hence, he was celebrated in life and death.
Days after it was announced that he died of a heart attack at his home, reports started trending that the former Boca Juniors, Barcelona, and Napoli superstar died of negligence on the part of the medical team assigned to take care of him.
Recall that two weeks before his death, Diego Maradona successfully underwent brain surgery to treat blood clout at a hospital in Buenos Aires. Days after the surgery, he was permitted to go home and continued with his recovery process.
It was not too long after he was discharged that the world was told that the football icon widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time had died. His death sparked series of controversies, one of which was that his death was avoidable if he was attended to promptly.
Hence, the police in Argentina started investigating whether there was any form of negligence or not. To confirm that, Dr. Leopoldo Luque, the neurosurgeon that carried out the brain surgery on Diego Maradona, and seven others were placed under investigation.
On Monday, March 8, a panel of prosecutors met with some medical specialists in the country’s capital to examine whether there was any human error involved in the death of Diego Maradona. According to reports, the investigation of the panel in conjunction with the medical specialists would last for 21 days before a verdict could be given.
However, a group of Maradona’s fans decided to stage a protest on Wednesday, March 10, to ensure that justice is served in the course of the investigation. The protest attracted the attention of Maradona’s ex-wife, Claudia Villafane, and the late footballer’s eldest daughter, Dalma Maradona who believes so much that Dr. Leopoldo Luque has a hand in the death of her father.
Before the protest, Dalma took to Twitter to wonder how long it would take the doctor and his alleged accomplice to go to prison for the death of the late footballer.
“How long will it be before Luque goes to prison??? And the useless psychiatrist and psychologists???? And the Nurse???? What Is Justice Waiting For???”
Cuanto falta para que Luque vaya preso??? Y los inservibles de la psiquiatra y el psicólogo????? Y la enfermera??? QUE ESPERA LA JUSTICIA???— Dalma Maradona (@dalmaradona) March 1, 2021
But the doctor has always insisted that he did not play any part that led to the death of Diego Maradona despite all the accusing fingers pointing in his direction.