Maradona criticises FIFA after Huracan road accident

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Buenos Aires, Feb 18 (IANS) Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has criticised world football’s governing body (FIFA) after last week’s road accident in Venezuela involving Argentina’s Club Atletico Huracan.

The former Argentina player and coach expressed his support for the affected players in his Facebook account, while questioning the international football organisation, reports Xinhua.

“I always defended my colleagues – the players – and I think it is FIFA’s responsibility, via Conmebol (South American Football Confederation), to offer minimum security conditions to protect them,” said Maradona on Wednesday.

Maradona, 55, also sent a special greeting to midfielder Patricio Torranzo and forward Diego Mendoza. These two players sustained the most serious injuries.

“I want to send my unconditional support to Club Atletico Huracan, (coach, Eduardo) Dominguez, (the players; Hugo) Nervo, ‘Rolfi’ (Daniel Montenegro), (Marcos) Diaz, ‘Wanchope’ (Ramon Abila), the coaching staff, everyone,” said Maradona.

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“But above all, (I send support) to Diego Mendoza and ‘Pato’ Toranzo. I know they are doing well after the injuries they sustained during the accident in Venezuela,” added Maradona.

On February 10, brakes of the bus stopped working while transporting Huracan to the international airport in Caracas. This led to the bus overturning in a mountainous region.

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