Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
BUENOS AIRES (AP) A video showing Diego Maradona making crude gestures on the team bus after his profanity-filled tirade on live television could complicate Argentina officials' efforts to put the scandal behind them.
The video, rapidly spreading on the Internet, shows Maradona gesturing gleefully at photographers and cameramen through the window as the bus pulled away after the game.
Maradona already faces a possible five-game suspension and nearly $20,000 fine if FIFA decides to punish him for his comments to reporters after the 1-0 victory over Uruguay that allowed Argentina to qualify for next year's World Cup.
Maradona's expletives, directed at his media critics in an official setting, prompted FIFA president Sepp Blatter to announce in Cairo that he had "no other alternative" but to ask his organization's disciplinary committee to open a case against the coach.