Spanish footballer Paula Dapena has received death threats after refusing to stand during a minute’s silence for soccer legend Diego Maradono.
The 24-year-old refused to partake in the pre-game ceremony over the weekend, declaring the Argentinian left a lot to be desired in his off-field life.
While she said she received a huge amount of support for her courageous stand, she revealed her and her teammates have received death threats.
“I’ve received death threats – and so have some of my teammates,” Dapena told A Diario radio show.
“We were giving a minute’s silence to someone who committed domestic violence.
“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.
“I’m not willing to give a domestic abuser a minute’s silence and not the victims.”
Dapena was referencing accusations of domestic violence levelled against Maradona in 2014, after a video emerged of him appearing to his then-girlfriend.
No charges were levelled against him following the accusation, with Maradona insisted it wasn’t justified.
“I grabbed the phone but I swear to God that I have never hit a woman,” Maradona said.
Funeral worker blames son over Maradona shame
The incident occurred days after three funeral workers were sacked for posing for photographs alongside the body of Maradona shortly before his funeral.
The images, distributed across social media, created outrage and even death threats across a nation that venerated Maradona, who died of a heart attack, aged 60.
Claudio Fernandez confirmed to Radio Diez on Friday that he had lost his job at the Pinier funeral home, along with his son Ismael and colleague Claudio Medina.
One of the images shows Fernandez and his son – smiling and with thumb raised – alongside Maradona’s body in the coffin on Thursday.