Last Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2012 21:44 pm (KSA) 18:44 pm (GMT)

Maradona shows support, respect to ‘struggling’ Palestinians

Football legend Diego Maradona said that he greatly respects the Palestinians. (File photo)
Football legend Diego Maradona said that he greatly respects the Palestinians. (File photo)

Football legend Diego Maradona said that he is “the biggest fan and supporter of the Palestinian people” in one of his rare comments on a Middle East issue.

“This is my stand and I will never give it up. I don’t care if anyone gets angry,” Maradona told DPA in Dubai on Monday. He added that he greatly respects the Palestinians, “sympathizes with them and thinks that they need everyone’s support.”

In August, the Argentine star accepted the Palestinian black-and-white scarf from a fan. He hugged the fan and thanked him, before flashing a victory sign and telling the camera “Viva Palestina.”

Maradona said that he regards the Palestinian people in the same way as he regards his two-year-old grandson “Benjamin” who is in continual need of support.

“I have promised members of the Palestinian national team to visit Palestine. I support the case of the Palestinian people because I grew up fully aware of struggle and confrontation of injustice. Palestine is a struggling country,” he said.

(Translated by Abeer Tayel)

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