Never one to hold back his opinions, Argentina legend Diego Maradona has been critical of FIFA and CONMEBOL in light of the bus crash that left several Huracán players injured in Venezuela. The accident, that has prompted El Globo’s most recent matches to be postponed, occured after their Copa Libertadores playoff victory over Caracas. The brake failure which caused the crash left two players in hospital and in addition to Maradona extending his support to the squad he questioned whether FIFA should be held more accountable.
Posting to his official Facebook account, Maradona wrote:
“I always defended my colleagues – the players – and I think it is FIFA’s responsibility, via CONMEBOL, to offer minimum security conditions to protect them.
“I want to send my unconditional support to Club Atlético Huracán, (coach, Eduardo) Dominguez, (the players; Hugo) Nervo, ‘Rolfi’ (Daniel Montenegro), (Marcos) Díaz, ‘Wanchope’ (Ramón Ábila), the coaching staff, everyone.
“But above all, to Diego Mendoza and ‘Pato’ Toranzo. I know they are doing well after the injuries they sustained during the accident in Venezuela.”
The full extent of the injuries, particularly to Patricio Toranzo is still a little unclear after the midfielder required surgery to his left foot. With the Copa Libertadores due to start next week and the club in the midst of a relegation battle, losing such important players for any period of time is a significant blow to manager Eduardo Domínguez.
Maradona’s support for the club and the players is justified in the awful circumstance but it is difficult to see how the brakes failing on the team coach can be laid at the door of FIFA. The World Cup winner has been a very vocal critic of Sepp Blatter and FIFA and is currently backing his friend, Prince Ali bin Hussein to be named new president. There had even been suggestions that Maradona could run as his vice-president but this most recent criticism appears a stretch.