Maradona punished for dedicating his club's win to Maduro

# 12:01
9 April 2019

Diego Maradona will be fined for his public criticism of Washington's moves against Venezuela amid the ongoing crisis and his endorsement of President Nicolas Maduro, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

The Argentine football icon, who is coaching the second-division Mexican team Dorados de Sinaloa, has on several occasions expressed support for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, saying that he would fight for him as a soldier if need be.

The Mexican Football Federation said in a statement on Monday that the 1986 world champion, who has considered leaving his club Dorados and football altogether, had violated articles 7 and 11 of its ethics code.

Article 7 urges members of the federation to stay neutral on political and religious matters, while Article 11 warns them against behaviour that might be detrimental to sport and fair play.

Mexican football's governing body earlier noted that it would investigate his harsh comments during a presser after a 3-2 victory over rival Tampico Madero on March 31.

Maradona, 58, dedicated the triumph to "Nicolas Maduro and to all Venezuelans who are suffering."