News 1 December 2020
Author: Courtney W

Barcelona Set To Be Fined Over Messi’s Tribute To Diego Maradona

1 December 2020

Barcelona F.C. will receive a fine of €3,000 (£2,692) for Lionel Messi’s tribute to the late, great Diego Maradona during a recent game.

After scoring against Osasuna during a 4-0 win over the weekend, Messi revealed a Newell’s Old Boys jersey – the club Messi played for during his early career and Maradona played for their late in his career.

Messi also blew a kiss with both hands while looking up to the sky.

However, the celebration breached the rules of the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Barcelona will now receive a fine.

“It was a great moment,” said Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman.

“First, for the goal that Leo scored and then for the gesture he had for the death of Diego Maradona.

“He had surely been thinking of what he would do. For me, it was a great moment in every way.”

Messi’s also took to Instagram to post a photo of himself and Maradona sporting the Newell’s kit, writing in the caption “Hasta siempre, Diego.”

It comes after the legend Maradona passed away last week at the age of 60 after a cardiac arrest.