Thursday 12 December 2019

Maradona hits out at Argentinian president over job cuts

Diego Maradona says he wants to help clean up football's discredited image
Diego Maradona says he wants to help clean up football's discredited image

Argentinian football great Diego Maradona has criticised his country's president, saying Mauricio Macri is hurting Argentines with job cuts.

Mr Macri came to power in December promising to cut bloated government spending and tame one of the world's highest inflation rates.

Argentines have taken to the streets in protest against his unpopular decisions to eliminate subsidies and cut thousands of state jobs.

"Logically, I'd like for Macri to turn things around and give some joy to the people, but for now all I see is firings," Maradona told La Red radio station.

"I keep getting info that he's vetoing this and that, and while people struggle to put food on the table, the rich keep getting richer."

Mr Macri recently vetoed a bill that would ban layoffs in the public and private sectors, saying that it threatened to scare off badly needed investment.

Maradona said he is on the "opposite side" of Mr Macri and described himself as "Cristinista", a reference to former president Cristina Fernandez, the fiery populist who dominated the political landscape during eight years in office before leaving in December.

Maradona also said he will help clean up football's discredited image. The former Argentina captain said he will be a "collaborator" for Fifa president Gianni Infantino as the international governing body tries to recover from the worst corruption scandal in its history.

"I'm just a grain of sand in a serious problem at Fifa," Maradona said. "Soccer has been ransacked."

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