Diego Maradona's Lawyer Matias Morla Wants Ambulance Arrival Time Investigated

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2020

A woman hangs Diego Maradona number 10 jersey's on a drying line, at the popular
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Diego Maradona's lawyer and agent Matias Morla is calling for an investigation into the amount of time it took an ambulance to reach the soccer legend's Country Club San Andres residence Wednesday, per Adriana Garcia of ESPN. 

Maradona died Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 60. Morla, citing a report from the San Isidro district attorney's office, wrote in a statement posted on social media that it took ambulances over 30 minutes to arrive. 

"This fact cannot be overlooked and I'm going to ask for an investigation to look into it until the end," Morla added. "As Diego would say, you are my soldier, act with pity."

The legendary Argentine, who won the World Cup in 1986 and two Serie A titles with Napoli among his many career achievements, was hospitalized in early November after requiring surgery to remove a subdural hematoma in his brain. Per ESPN, he was initially admitted to La Plata's Ipensa Clinic "with signs of anemia, dehydration and depression."

A huge crowd honored Maradona on Wednesday at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires with a public wake.  

"Today is a day of profound pain, sadness and reflection," Morla wrote. "I feel in my heart the departure of a friend, who I honoured with my loyalty and my accompaniment until his final days."

Not surprisingly, tributes to Maradona—who also played for Barcelona and Boca Juniors, among other clubs—came pouring in from around the football world:

B/R Football @brfootball

Dries Mertens is Napoli's all-time leading goalscorer, a record the iconic Diego Maradona once held. Mertens' tribute was from the heart 🙏 https://t.co/b9MuY9xqe0

Goal @goal

Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to Diego Maradona ❤️ "He gave a lot of joy and he made football better. What he did for Napoli and for Argentina in 1986 was something unbelievable. "Rest in peace and on behalf of Manchester City a big hug for all his family." https://t.co/uZyQdgxpDk

Phil Hay @PhilHay_

Marcelo Bielsa on the "idol", Maradona. "Everything he did as a footballer had a beauty which cannot be matched." On his second goal in '86: "It was a work of art." On carrying Argentina/Napoli: "Players with such unique brilliance don't know what it is to play with pressure."

Goal @goal

Jorginho: "Diego Maradona was a hero for all of us who love football. "What he did on the pitch was just unbelievable. "It is something that no one can ever forget because he made the history of football. "He made us dream. "Thank you Diego. Rest in peace." 🙏 https://t.co/Hxcd6kFGcG

Football Daily @footballdaily

🗣"I was lucky to meet Maradona" Former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere says generations of footballers grew up wanting to play like Diego Maradona @JackWilshere https://t.co/pKwWVf8G6V

The mayor of Naples has also moved to rename the city's San Paolo stadium in honor of Maradona. 

"We are already putting it together this morning, taking the first steps to dedicate Naples' stadium to Maradona," Luigi De Magistris told reporters. "It's a process but it will be a quick process, because when there is such a strong desire there's nothing that will hold us up."


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