Maradona Joins Fifa For Clean Football
BEVERLY HILLS, February 10, (THEWILL) – Napoli legend, Diego Maradona, has announced that he will work with FIFA for “clean and transparent football”.
The former Argentine captain has been handed an ambassadorial role by the game's global governing body FIFA.
The ex-Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona forward, 56, was a harsh critic of disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban for ethics violations.
He had been critical of Michel Platini in the past, but it appears he will now work alongside President Gianni Infantino to battle corruption in football.
“Now it's official,” Maradona wrote on his Facebook page, alongside a picture of himself with Infantino.
“Finally I can fulfil one of the lifelong dreams; to work for a clean and transparent FIFA alongside people who really love football. Thanks to all who have encouraged me to face this new challenge!”
The world body is recovering from the worst graft scandal in its history, with dozens of people, including ex-FIFA executive committee members, indicted in the United States since May 2015.
Maradona, who has 91 caps, has been invited back into the FIFA fold thanks to a warm relationship with Blatter's successor, Infantino, who was elected in February last year.