DIEGO MARADONA’S profanity-filled tirade on live television after Argentina qualified for next year’s World Cup will lead FIFA’s disciplinary committee to open a case against the former great.During the press conference after Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Uruguay, Maradona, on live television, grabbed his genitals and told reporters to ”keep on sucking”.”The reports we have received so far leave us no other alternative but to ask the disciplinary committee of FIFA to open a case against the coach Diego Armando Maradona,” FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.”As the president of FIFA it is my duty and my obligation to [refer] it to the disciplinary committee.”Blatter declined to further discuss the matter. ”It is now a matter of the FIFA jurisdiction to go into this,” he said.Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title and the 1990 final, had been under intense pressure during Argentina’s stuttering qualifying campaign, which included a 6-1 loss in Bolivia and a 3-1 loss to Brazil at home.”The qualification of Argentina has been expected everywhere in the world,” Blatter said. ”Argentina is a powerhouse in football and always has been. Therefore, we welcome the team of Argentina.”Although Argentina won their final two qualifying matches, both were scrappy wins with late goals – although a draw against Uruguay would have been enough to claim a spot at next year’s tournament in South Africa as one of the top four South American teams.Before the win over Uruguay, striker Martin Palermo scored three minutes into injury time to give Argentina a 2-1 victory over Peru.Before the wins, polls showed a majority of Argentina’s fans thought Maradona was unfit to coach the national team despite his success as a player.Maradona stood his ground in a radio interview before Blatter made his announcement.”[My comments were] a very big outburst after a week of many criticisms,” Maradona said. ”If someone feels wounded, I’ll apologise if they want. And if not, I’m sorry.”However, later in his interview with Argentina’s Radio Continental, he said: ”I have nothing to apologise for.”He called his media critics ”anti-Argentine”, saying he won’t forgive them for wanting ”Argentina to be left out of the World Cup”.Argentine Football Association president Julio Grondona, who appointed Maradona and is Blatter’s No.2 official at FIFA, said that, ”if it were another coach or player, the matter would not have had such importance”.Grondona said: ”Everybody knows he’s a temperamental person and he’s already said he won’t speak like that again.”Grondona said he would discuss the issue with Blatter, but predicted the comments would soon blow over.
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