Eight people to stand trial over death of football legend Diego Maradona

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# 23 June 2022 09:35 (UTC +04:00)

Eight people are set to stand trial over the death of footballing legend Diego Maradona and could face 25 years behind bars, APA reports citing AP News.

The trial of Maradona's death, allegedly at the hands of his medical staff, is expected to begin in late 2023, according to AP News.

According to the report, prosecutors are pushing for eight medical professionals to be found guilty of negligent homicide, an Argentine court ruling made public on Wednesday has shown.

Prosecutors claim that Maradona's death in 2020 was the result of "omissions" by his caregivers who are accused of abandoning him "to his fate" during his recovery at home from surgery, according to The 42.

The Argentine footballing legend died aged 60 in 2020 while recovering from brain surgery for a blood clot.

The star midfielder suffered a long battle with his health forcing him to make numerous trips to hospital in the months leading up to his tragic death.