Eight Members of Medical Staff to Stand Trial for Criminal Negligence in Death of Legendary Soccer Star Diego Maradona

Argentina’s soccer coach Diego Maradona gestures during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Eight medical personnel are to stand trial accused of criminal negligence in the death of legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona.

A judge has ordered a culpable homicide trial after a medical panel found Maradona’s treatment was rife with “deficiencies and irregularities”.

Maradona died in November 2020 of a heart attack in Buenos Aires, aged 60.

He had been recovering at home from surgery on a brain blood clot earlier that month.

A few days after his death Argentine prosecutors launched an investigation into the doctors and nurses involved in his care.

Last year, the panel of 20 experts appointed to examine his death found Maradona’s medical team acted in an “inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner”.

It also concluded that the footballer “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment in an appropriate medical facility, according to the court ruling.

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SOURCE: BBC, George Wright