BBC reporter accuses Diego Maradona of making racist gesture to South Korea fans
Diego Maradona has been accused of making a racist gesture to South Korea fans.
BBC presenter Jacqui Oatley claimed the controversial Argentina legend made the offensive gesture during his country’s Group D match against Iceland on Saturday afternoon.
She said the 57-year-old’s initial interaction with the supporters was good-natured as he "obliged with a smile, kiss and wave" when they chanted his name.
However, she added that he followed it up by pulling his eyes to the side "in a clearly racist gesture".
She wrote: "Maradona not so cool now. Some South Korea fans just shouted “Diego” and he obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture. All of us who saw it are stunned."
Moments earlier, Jacqui had tweeted a video of Maradona inside the Otkrytie Arena, posing for pictures with fans while smoking a huge cigar.
She wrote: "Diego Maradona a few yards away from us smoking a lit cigar while posing for snaps with fans. It smells quite nice. #geezer"
However, her stance changed following is alleged gesture.
In response, some Twitter users claimed the gesture one of appreciation in Argentina, while others dismissed the notion, saying it was clearly racist.
Maradona, who scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, has also battled cocaine addiction in the past.
He had a spell as Argentina manager between 2008 and 2010.
Argentina were frustrated by Iceland in their first match of the World Cup, drawing 1-1.
Talisman Lionel Messi saw a penalty, while Iceland had chances to win the game.
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