Maradona's death a 'devastating blow' for Naples, says his old club Napoli


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Superliga - Boca Juniors v Gimnasia y Esgrima - Alberto J. Armando Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 7, 2020 Gimnasia y Esgrima coach Diego Maradona before the match REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) - Italian soccer club Napoli said on Wednesday the death of its former star Diego Armando Maradona was a "devastating blow" for both the city and the club.

"We are in mourning," said club spokesman Nicola Lombardo. "We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. We are in shock."

Maradona played for Napoli between 1984 and 1991, helping the city win its first Serie A league title.

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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