Diego Maradona: the medical staff risks the death of the star | News | DW

Argentine judicial authorities are expected to try eight people for alleged failures in the care of soccer star Diego Maradona, a court ruled on Wednesday.

Medical staff will be tried for “simple murder with probable intention” in connection with the death of the Argentine football legend in November 2020.

What are the defendants accused of?

Prosecutors say it is due to “omissions” on the part of the caregivers who left him “to his fate” during home hospitalization.

The eight people investigated include neurosurgeon Leopold Luque, a psychiatrist, a psychologist and other doctors and nurses who coordinated Maradona’s care.

Prosecutors say mismanagement by the medical team had put the football legend in a “situation of helplessness”.

The accused face sentences ranging from eight to 25 years of imprisonment. The prosecution claims that they were “the protagonists of an unprecedented, totally deficient and reckless home hospitalization”

No date has been set for the trial.

A national icon

The 1986 Mexico World Cup winner was widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, particularly for his skill with the ball at his feet.

He was the joint winner of the FIFA Player of the Century title, alongside Pele.

He died at the age of 60 in a private residence north of Buenos Aires, a few weeks after undergoing brain surgery. His death sparked a period of national mourning.

The former Napoli, Boca Juniors and Barcelona player was initially hospitalized due to a brain blood clot. He has suffered from serious health problems for many years, including multiple heart attacks, hepatitis and gastric bypass due to his weight problems.

rc / rt (AFP, EFE)

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