An angry Maradona called a group of Al Shabab fans "cowards" after he jumped into the stands to defend his partner, Veronica Ojeda (Maradona calls her his wife, but it's unclear if that's official), from verbal abuse after Al Wasl's 2-0 loss on Thursday.
From Gulf News:
Ciel, a Brazilian striker, who set up and then scored in the 2-0 win was the subject of much fury by Argentinean supporters from Diego Maradona's entourage, which included Maradona's partner Veronica and Al Wasl player Juan Mercier's other half. This reaction in turn sparked fury from Al Shabab supporters defending the Brazilian after countless insults were exchanged.
The Al Wasl wives and girlfriends were then escorted away from their seats by security, but Juan Mercier's wife tripped and fell on the stairs, prompting Mercier and Maradona to get involved.
Said Maradona after things settled down:
"Some people are cowards. They only attack women and have no courage to confront men. This is the first time I am upset with the fans. If they are angry with me they should know that I did it [climbed the stands] for my wife because someone was calling her names."
The fact that tensions between Brazilians and Argentines extends to the UAE League probably shouldn't be a surprise. In fact, given Maradona's recent comments about his old Brazilian nemesis, it just might've been Pele insulting Mrs. Maradona in the stands.
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