Spanish soccer player refused to pay tribute to Maradona for having been a “rapist, pedophile and abuser” according to his statement


December 01, 2020

The images went viral on social networks, showing the Spanish footballer Paula Dapena sitting with her back to the rostrum, while the two teams and the referees kept a minute of silence in honor of Maradona.

The athlete refused to pay tribute to the memory of the recently deceased Diego Armando Maradona, in a friendly match between R.C. Deportivo Abanca, from the First Division of Spanish football, and Viajes InterRías F.F.

Speaking to the local press, Dapena explained that, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, celebrated last week, no similar tributes were made.

“I refused to keep that minute of silence for a rapist, pedophile, whore and abuser and that, if I had to sit on the ground and turn my back, well I did,” said Paula, who in her environment is known for her posture feminist.

The young woman acknowledges that Maradona was an athlete “with spectacular soccer qualities and skills”, but that “to be a player, you have to be a person first and have values ​​beyond skills.”

“You cannot forgive him for all the atrocities he committed” off the field, concluded the young woman who received support from many Internet users on social networks.

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