Football: Funeral worker sacked after horrifying act with Diego Maradona's body

  • 27/11/2020

A man in charge of preparing the body of Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona for funeral has been sacked, after taking a selfie with his corpse.

The image, which has not been published by English tabloid The Mirror, shows the man giving a thumbs up next to the legend's body. 

The worker's role was to prepare the body for the funeral and the owner of Sepelios Pinier funeral parlour has confirmed to local media that the employee has been fired.

The image has been published on social media with a number of users giving a very angry response. 

Argentina went into three days of national mourning, which began officially on Friday (NZ time) - the day after his death - and concludes on Saturday.

The 60-year-old will receive a state funeral - the highest honour an individual can receive in Argentina. Maradona will be in exclusive company, since it is usually reserved for holders of high office, such as presidents.

The footballing legend died of a heart attack, just two weeks after being released from a Buenos Aires hospital after brain surgery. 

Argentinians have lined the streets to say goodbye to the football great, whose casket lies in state at the Casa Rosada presidential palace, draped in an Argentine flag and his famous No. 10 shirt.