Paula Dapena protests in memory of Diego Maradona. For the 24-year-old soccer player, Maradona is anything but a hero.
Diego Maradona died in late November.
While the football world is in mourning, a young female footballer protests.
She says that Maradona is a rapist and a pedophile.
Now she is receiving death threats.
For many Argentines, Diego Maradona is a hero. And not just for her, no. For football fans around the world, Mardona is an idol, a legend. When the ex-footballer died at the end of November, the world collapsed for many. The football world mourned, people wept. Before the games, there were usually minutes of silence to honor the Argentine legend. This was also the case with the game Viajes Interrias FF against Deportivo Abanca in the third Spanish division.
Although – something was different: Paula Dapena refused to commemorate one of the best footballers of all time. While everyone involved stood quietly on and next to the field, the 24-year-old footballer turned her back on the action and demonstratively sat down on the ground.
Maradona a rapist and pedophile?
After the game, she explained why she did this to the online portal “Pontevedra Viva”: “I refuse to observe a minute’s silence for a rapist, pedophile and perpetrator. He cannot be forgiven for all of the atrocities he has committed. ” And: “Maradona was a player with great skills. But first, as a person, you have to embody values that are greater and beyond such abilities. “
The reactions to their protests varied. Some were harmless. So the coach asked the guests at half-time at Dapena about the reason for their action, and their teammates reacted calmly. “They looked at me and laughed because they knew I didn’t want to,” said Dapena. Your feminist views are known in the team.
Other reactions were anything but harmless. The 24-year-old also received death threats, which is why she had to switch her social media channels to private. Nevertheless, she sticks to her opinion and is still convinced of it.
In 1999, Maradona was on trial
Compared to the online newspaper “El Diario”, Dapena added: “A few days ago it was the international day for the elimination of violence against women. And a minute’s silence was observed for a man who committed abuse, not for the victims. My feminist ideals did not allow paying homage to Maradona. For me Maradona was a spectacular player, but as a person he left a lot to be desired. “
The footballer does not substantiate her allegations. It can be assumed that it alludes to a process from 1999. At that time, Maradona, who had several children, had to go to court on a paternity trial and was convicted. He is said to have had an affair with a minor and made her pregnant.
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