FIFA denies blocking Argentina legend Maradona from the Maracana

Diego Maradona has claimed in the media that he was blocked from entering the Maracana.

Stefania D'Alessandro

FIFA has played down the latest broadside aimed by Diego Maradona, one of the governing body’s fiercest critics.

The Argentina great has claimed in the media that he was blocked at the Maracana Stadium from watching his country’s 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday.

Maradona is accredited as a journalist at the World Cup working for Venezuelan broadcaster Telesur, which does not have rights to broadcast matches.

FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer says it did not receive a complaint from Maradona ”nor for anybody else.”

Fischer says ”maybe he went somewhere where we didn’t have the necessary access but we have no record of it.”

Maradona was captain and inspiration of the Argentina team that won the 1986 World Cup.