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Diego Maradona aims punch at reporter after his side lost 4-2 in the final play-off

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.

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.

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