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Oct 17, 2009

FIFA to investigate Maradona over foul-mouthed rant

Sepp Blatter has confirmed FIFA will look into the foul-mouthed rant delivered by Diego Maradona after Argentina's game with Uruguay.

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Maradona rounded on his critics after Argentina sealed their World Cup qualification with a 1-0 victory in Montevideo. But the Argentina coach's sexually-explicit tirade, broadcast live on television, did not escape the attention of FIFA.

Blatter, the president of world football's governing body, insists the matter will now be investigated by a disciplinary committee.

"The reports we have received so far leave us no other alternative but to ask the disciplinary committee of FIFA to open a case against the coach Diego Armando Maradona," said Blatter. "As the president of FIFA it is my duty and my obligation to (refer) it to the disciplinary committee."

Maradona has ruled out an apology, only offering his condolences for innocent viewers.

"I'm sorry they are saying I'm arrogant, but I'm not going to take back anything I said," Maradona told TyC Sports television. "I have apologised to the ladies, to my mother and all the women who were watching. But to nobody else, because I don't feel I have to apologise to them."

Maradona preferred instead to highlight that he has never been seen as a role model and should not be subject of the mass media for his flare-ups.

"We have many terrible things in this country - dead people every day, thefts, more poor people every day.

"Nobody speaks about that. I'm not a role model. Parents should be role models. I don't want the kids in the country to take me as an example to follow. What happened in that press conference was my way of releasing some steam."

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