Maradona to get am­bas­sador role with FIFA

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

ZURICH — Diego Maradona is get­ting an am­bas­sador’s role with FIFA, which wants to en­sure the Ar­gentina great “has a ma­jor role in FIFA’s ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote the game across the globe,” in­clud­ing with its Leg­ends team.

Maradona, 56, will be in­volved in “rel­e­vant de­vel­op­ment projects,” FIFA said on Fri­day.

Maradona feuded with former FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter and long­time Ar­gentina soc­cer leader Julio Gron­dona.

Last month, Maradona played soc­cer at FIFA head­quar­ters on his first visit since a Novem­ber 2009 dis­ci­plinary hear­ing over a pro­fane post-match rant. Maradona, the Ar­gentina coach at the time, was banned from the 2010 World Cup draw in South Africa.

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