Monday 23 October 2017

Maradona drives over cameraman

Argentina manager Diego Maradona ran over a cameraman on the way to announce his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals.

Adding insult to injury Maradona (right) tormented his victim, according to a witness. "What an asshole you are," the Argentinian is said to have shouted.

Following the fracas the cameraman received treatment from paramedics, while Maradona proceeded to announce his squad.

The inclusion of Diego Milito as a sixth striker, when the coach had previously said he would be taking only five, was a surprise. Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini failed to make the 23.

Meanwhile, Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas have been included in Spain's 23-man squad despite doubts about their fitness.

When asked how the affected players were doing, Coach Vincente Del Bosque said: "There is a slight concern, but they are here and that's because the reports from the medical staff and physical trainers are positive and we are confident they will be at 100pc at the start of tournament."

The notable omission from del Bosque's selection was Villareal midfielder Marcos Senna, who was included in the Euro 2008 team of the tournament.

Elsewhere, William Gallas kicked a ball for the first time since late March yesterday, raising hopes he will be fit enough to make the French squad.

Gallas, suffering from a recurrence of a calf muscle injury which has kept him on the sidelines for nearly two months, took part in a light training session at France's camp in Tignes.

The 32-year-old, who arrived in the French Alps resort on Saturday three days before his team-mates, is the reason why coach Raymond Domenech named a provisional 24-man squad instead of the official 23.

Domenech, who has until June 1 to take a player out, is hoping his most reliable central defender will be able to make the trip to the finals.

The coach, who will be replaced by former France defender Laurent Blanc after the World Cup, spent 45 minutes during the 80-minute session talking to holding midfielder Lassana Diarra.

The Real Madrid player felt unwell during a hike up one of Europe's largest glaciers overlooking Tignes, at the foot of which the France players spent the night.

Irish Independent

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