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- Updated: December 4, 2018
Diego Maradona was filmed throwing a punch at a reporter following his side’s defeat in the Ascenso MX play-off final as trouble ensued after the full-time whistle. Maradona’s side chucked away a 1-0 goal advantage against Atletico San Luis on Sunday, losing 4-2 after extra time to go down 4-3 on aggregate.
Maradona had been sent off during the closing stages of the first leg for abusing match officials over their failure to award his team a penalty. As a result, he watched this game from the stands where he was seen drinking from a beer bottle. More drama followed after the match as Maradona was being ushered through the crowd by security personnel, he turned and aimed a punch at one reporter who had attempted to get close to ask a question. He was quickly held back after launching the first attack. The Argentinean looked visibly angry, though was pushed along through the crowd before any further incident could take place.
Diego Maradona walks off in style after being sent off in Mexico. pic.twitter.com/1RvvxnwaIP
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 30, 2018
The 58-year-old World Cup winner had surprisingly been appointed the manager of the club in September. Though many questioned the decision, a run of victories saw them rise from 13th in the 15-team league to the brink of promotion. Dorados went into the second leg 1-0 up against their opponents and scored first in the tie to double their advantage. However, the tide soon turned and two goals in 10 minutes saw San Luis force extra-time, only for Argentinean, Leandro Torres to hit the winner and break Dorados supporter’s hearts.