Funeral home employees are fired for a selfie of Diego Maradona’s corpse



Three funeral workers have been fired for posing for photos next to the body of football star Diego Maradona shortly before his funeral.

The images circulated via social media sparked outrage, even death threats, in a country that revered Maradona, who died of a heart attack at the age of 60 on Wednesday. Tens of thousands lined up for a chance to get past his body at the nation’s presidential palace on Friday (NZT).

Claudio Fernández confirmed to Radio Diez that he had lost his job at Pinier funeral home, along with his son Ismael and Claudio Medina.

Argentinian football superstar Diego Armando Maradona cheers after the Napoli team won its first Italian Major League title in 1987 in Naples.

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Argentinian football superstar Diego Armando Maradona cheers after the Napoli team won its first Italian Major League title in 1987 in Naples.

One of the images shows Fernández and his son – smiling and with their thumbs raised – next to Maradona’s body in the coffin on Friday. Medina appears in another in the same pose.

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Fernández insisted he hadn’t known they were planning to take a photo, let alone distribute it. It was an instant thing. I had just lifted my head and my son was doing it like any 18 year old kid, ”he told the radio station.

Diego Maradona's chest was covered with the Argentinian flag and No. 10 jersey he was wearing.

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Diego Maradona’s chest was covered with the Argentinian flag and No. 10 jersey he was wearing.

He said he had received threats from others living in the El Paternal neighborhood, where Maradona made his debut as a professional with the Argentinos Juniors team in 1976.

“They know me. I’m from the neighborhood,” said Fernández. “They say they’re going to kill us, break our heads.”

The hearse that takes care of Diego Maradona's coffin leaves the government building in Buenos Aires.

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The hearse that takes care of Diego Maradona’s coffin leaves the government building in Buenos Aires.

The team released a statement saying it was considering removing Fernández from his membership roles.

Mourners hug as they wait to see Diego Maradona in state outside the presidential palace in Buenos Aires,

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Mourners hug as they wait to see Diego Maradona in state outside the presidential palace in Buenos Aires,


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