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Twitter Goes Berserk Over Maradona's Two-Fingered Salute at World Cup Match

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It seems that the whole world observed the full spectrum of football legend Diego Maradona’s emotions during the Argentina vs Nigeria World Cup match on Tuesday: from “bored to sleep” to so happy that he flashed middle fingers as Argentine defender Marcos Rojo drilled a game-winning volley into the bottom left hand corner with just minutes left.

Maradona has been facing a massive backlash on social media as he was spotted flipping off his middle fingers during a live broadcast while celebrating Marcos Rojo’s fortuitous goal in the 86th minute, giving Argentina a 2-1 victory over Nigeria.

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The gesture couldn’t go unnoticed by Twitter users, who rushed to accuse Maradona of disrespectful behavior, suggesting that the gesture was meant for the Nigerian fans:

Some stressed that all eyes have been on Maradona’s antics despite Argentina’s big win:

Another user said that he should be banned from stadiums – which would be in line with FIFA’s strict code of conduct, prohibiting racist and offensive language:

A fellow Twitterian made a reference to reports about Maradona’s hospitalization after the game, which the Argentine later denied on his Instagram:

Others, however, didn’t take Maradona’s flipping the bird seriously, describing it as “the best thing” they’ve ever seen…

…and alluding to his iconic “hand of God” goal against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico City:

Meanwhile, some said that the gesture wasn’t racist, but he should be punished for the outburst:

There were those who urged to stop “speculations” that the fingers were for Nigerian fans and offered their explanation:

On Tuesday, Argentina’s national football squad beat Nigeria’s team 2-1 in their final Group D match to advance to the knockout stage, where they will face Group C winners France in Kazan on Saturday.


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