Spanish player says she got death threats for Maradona violence protest


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Napoli v AS Roma - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 29, 2020 General view of tributes left for Diego Maradona outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish soccer player Paula Dapena said on Monday she got death threats after she refused to take part in a minute's silence for Diego Maradona as a protest against domestic violence.

The Viajes Interrias FF midfielder sat down and faced away when her teammates and opponents, Deportivo Abanca, paid their respects to the Argentina star on Saturday, three days after Maradona's death.

The 24-year-old told the A Diario radio show she had no regrets and would do it again. "I'm not willing to give a domestic abuser a minute's silence and not the victims," she said.

Maradona faced accusations of domestic violence after he was caught on video in 2014 arguing with his then girlfriend and appearing to hit her.

He denied the accusations, saying: "I grabbed the phone but I swear to God that I have never hit a woman." No charges were brought.

Dapena said she had received lots of expressions of support "but I've also received death threats - and so have some of my teammates".

"We were giving a minute's silence to someone who committed domestic violence," she said.

"For me, that's something that my feminist ideals can't allow: a tribute to Maradona ... For me he was an incredible player, but as a person he left a lot to be desired."

Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time before drug and alcohol addiction marred his career, died on Wednesday - the same day as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

(Reporting by Joseph Walker; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

100% readers found this article insightful

Next In Football

Leverkusen's Diaby terrorises Dortmund in 2-1 win
Moyes wants more from West Ham and Antonio
Superb Antonio gives West Ham 2-1 win over West Brom
Belgium’s Beerschot name 28-year-old Englishman Still as new head coach
Elvedi header gives Gladbach 1-0 win against Bremen
Dutch striker Huntelaar returns to Schalke from Ajax
Ghana side Asante Kotoko and Southampton to both benefit from new partnership
Familiarity breeds confidence in Kipre as Eagles keep key players
Cheng Hoe to hold training camp after lifeline from Sports Ministry
Bayern to face either Al Duhail or Al Ahly in Club World Cup

Stories You'll Enjoy