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Fifa flies flags at half-mast for Diego, asks all football competitions to observe minute’s silence

“[…] It is not an overstatement to say that football will not be the same without him.

“[…] In honour of Diego Armando Maradona and in solidarity with his family and everyone who loved him so much, the flags at Fifa headquarters are being flown at half-mast…”

The following press statement on the passing of former Argentina World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was submitted by Fifa:

Photo: Iconic Argentine footballer Diego Maradona passed away on 25 November 2020.

The world of football is in mourning.

On 25 November 2020, football lost one of its greatest icons, Diego Armando Maradona. Across the world, there is a sense of profound loss at the untimely passing of a true legend of the game. It is not an overstatement to say that football will not be the same without him. We will be forever thankful for the contribution he made to our sport and we will miss him dearly.

In honour of Diego Armando Maradona and in solidarity with his family and everyone who loved him so much, the flags at Fifa headquarters are being flown at half-mast. And Fifa calls upon all competition organisers to hold a minute of silence at every football match this coming weekend or at the next possible occasion.

Editor’s Note: Football remains outlawed in Trinidad and Tobago at present, due to the public health ordinance in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. National teams are allowed to train but other matches are not permitted.

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