A footballer refuses to do the minute of silence for Maradona: “He was a whore and abuser”

A player from Viajes InterRías, a second-tier soccer team from Pontevedra, turned her back on her teammates and Deportivo Abanca’s rivals in the minute of silence that was kept in memory of former Argentine soccer player Diego Armando Maradona before the friendly that faced them in the Ciudad Deportiva de Abegondo.

Paula Dapena, who is 24 years old, refused to respect the tribute to Maradona and, in protest, sat on the field, his back to the rest, while the two teams formed in the main field of Deportivo de La Coruña’s training facilities to remember the Argentine star.

The Galician team kept that minute of silence for Maradona at Abegondo and also at the Riazor Stadium before the Segunda B match with Racing de Ferrol.

A gesture that the footballer of the Pontevedra team disagreed with, who explained to the PontevedraViva website his reasons for rejecting the minute of silence for someone whom he considered “a rapist, pedophile, whore and abuser.”

The player disagreed that a minute of silence was observed for Maradona and not for the victims of gender violence, whose international day was celebrated last Wednesday.

Dapena highlighted Maradona’s soccer virtues, but said that the ex-footballer cannot be forgiven “All the atrocities he committed off the field”. After the minute of silence, his team was beaten by Deportivo Abanca (10-0), which is the bottom of Primera Iberdrola with eight defeats in as many games.

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