Diego Maradona to get ambassador role with FIFA

Maradona hailed FIFA as "clean and transparent" under President Gianni Infantino.

10 February 2017 | 14:06

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 February 2017 | 14:06

Former soccer star Diego Maradona cheers as he attends the Davis Cup first round tennis match between Italy's Fabio Fognini and Argentina's Guido Pellain Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

ZURICH: Diego Maradona is getting an ambassador's role with FIFA.

The governing body wants to ensure the Argentina great "has a major role in FIFA's activities to promote the game across the globe," including with its Legends team.

FIFA says the 56-year-old Maradona will be involved in "relevant development projects."

Maradona announced his new role Thursday, hailing FIFA as "clean and transparent" under President Gianni Infantino.

Maradona feuded with former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and long-time Argentina soccer leader Julio Grondona, a FIFA senior vice president who died in 2014.

Last month, Maradona played soccer at FIFA headquarters on his first visit since a November 2009 disciplinary hearing over a profane post-match rant. Maradona, the Argentina coach at the time, was banned from the 2010 World Cup draw in South Africa.

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