Eight people are on trial for the death of football legend Diego Maradona – and they face 25 years in prison

EIGHT people are set to stand trial in the death of football legend Diego Maradona and face 25 years behind bars.

According to AP News, the trial into Maradona’s alleged death at the hands of his medical staff is set to begin in late 2023.

Eight people are on trial over the death of Diego Maradona

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Eight people are on trial over the death of Diego Maradona
The footballer, who won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina, died of heart failure in November 2020

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The footballer, who won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina, died of heart failure in November 2020

According to the report, prosecutors are pushing for eight medics to be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, according to an Argentine court ruling released on Wednesday.

Prosecutors claim that Maradona’s death in 2020 was the result of “omissions” by his carers, who are accused of leaving him “to his fate” while he was recovering at home from surgery, according to The 42.

The Argentine soccer legend died in 2020 at the age of 60 while recovering from brain surgery for a blood clot.

The star midfielder suffered from a long struggle with his health, which forced him to numerous hospitalizations in the months leading up to his tragic death.

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He also suffered from severe cocaine and alcohol addiction for decades.

Diego’s doctor Leopoldo Luque, his psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and his psychologist Carlos Diaz and medical coordinator Nancy Forlini are among the eight health professionals who have been told they are now being investigated on suspicion of a type of murder.

They are accused of acting in a way that they knew could result in someone’s death but did nothing to avoid it.

Prosecutors claim mismanagement by the team left the legendary midfielder in a “situation of helplessness”.

A conviction would carry a sentence of between eight and 25 years in prison under Argentine law — far more than the one to five years they would have faced if they had been convicted on the lesser charge.

According to prosecutors, the defendants were “the protagonists of an unprecedented, utterly flawed and reckless home hospitalization” allegedly responsible for a “series of improvisations, managerial errors and deficiencies.”

Luque, who denies any wrongdoing, also faces charges of using a “doctored document” over claims he used a forged signature of Diego Maradona to ask a hospital for his medical records.

The Argentina striker – notorious for his infamous “Hand of God” goal against England – died on November 25, 2020 at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

His death came two weeks after surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage.

His last words before his death were “Me siento mal” or “I don’t feel well” in English.

Maradona had gone back to bed after having breakfast with his nephew Johnny Esposito and telling him he was going back to bed.

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A nurse treating him at home later called an ambulance, but local reports said he could not be saved.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared a three-day national mourning in honor of the star, which was a cultural icon and national hero.

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona shakes hands with his doctor Leopoldo Luque, who will stand trial

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Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona shakes hands with his doctor Leopoldo Luque, who will stand trialPhoto credit: AFP
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