The person whose crass selfie with the physique of late soccer legend Diego Maradona that triggered outrage hopes his ‘disrespectful’ actions might be forgiven.
The soccer world remains to be in mourning for Maradona, who handed away, aged 60, after struggling a coronary heart assault at his residence on Wednesday.
However disappointment turned to anger this week when photos taken by a funeral employee – branded a ‘swine’ by Maradona’s lawyer – subsequent to the icon’s open casket had been broadly shared on-line.
In a single picture, a person is seen to make a thumbs-up gesture with one hand whereas touching Maradona’s brow with the opposite, whereas in others he’s seen posing together with his son and one other colleague.
The person has been revealed as Claudio Fernandez, who informed Argentine station Radio Diez on Friday he had misplaced his job on the Sepelios Pinier funeral residence, alongside together with his son Ismael and the third man.
Mr Fernandez stated they hadn’t deliberate to take the pictures, and requested for forgiveness over his ‘disrespectful’ and ‘offensive’ actions.
“It was one thing instantaneous,” he stated. “I’d simply raised my head and my son did it like several child of 18.
“We had been on the point of take Diego to the wake and my son, being a typical teen, made the thumbs-up signal and had his picture taken.
“I ask for everybody’s forgiveness. I’ve labored for Maradona’s father and his brother-in-law.
“I’ve been near Diego whereas he was alive. I might by no means have disrespected him whereas he was alive as a result of he was my idol and it was not my intention after he died.
“I do know lots of people have been very offended and have taken it badly. I do know it upset them.
“I ask all of them to forgive us.”
He additionally stated he had acquired demise threats from others dwelling within the El Paternal neighbourhood, the place Maradona debuted as knowledgeable in 1976 with the Argentinos Juniors staff.
“They know me,” he stated.
“I’m from the neighbourhood. They are saying they’ll kill us, break our heads.”
The three had been employed by the funeral parlour to assist put together Maradona’s physique and carry the coffin, in accordance with Argentinian TV channel TN.
Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Morla, reacted with fury on social media, and after vowing to ‘personally care for discovering the scoundrel’ accountable, he then revealed the identification of the third man with a collection of indignant posts on Twitter.
“That is Diego Molina, the creator of the picture taken beside Maradona’s coffin,” he wrote.
“He’s Pinier’s head of burials.
“Diego Molina is the swine that took the image of himself alongside Maradona.
“For the reminiscence of my good friend I’m not going to relaxation till he pays for this aberration.”
Matias Picon, the supervisor of the funeral residence, stated he has been left ‘devastated’ by the behaviour of his workers.
“The household trusted us, now we have been working with them for a very long time,” he additionally informed TN.
“My father is 75-years-old and he’s crying, I’m crying, my brother too, we’re destroyed.”
1000’s of followers lined the streets to pay their respects to the soccer legend, sparking clashes and brawls as supporters jostled to get a glimpse of their hero’s coffin.
Solely members of the family and shut pals attended the burial, and Maradona was laid to relaxation subsequent to the graves of his dad and mom, Dalma and Diego.