A Funeral parlour worker has been sacked after taking a selfie next to the open coffin of Diego Maradona.
This is after three funeral workers have prompted outrage after posing with Diego Maradona’s body while it lay inside his coffin.
The pictures circulated on social media in Argentina this week and left fans furious at the disrespect shown to the footballing legend, whose funeral took place on Thursday.
Diego Molina has been identified as the man giving a thumbs up while resting a hand on Maradona’s head in one of the images.
The other picture shows two other men standing with the body. The younger man is giving a thumbs up and smiling. In both snaps the head of the former World Cup winner is clearly displayed while in the coffin.
He told TN: “My father is 75 years old and he is crying, I am crying, my brother too, we are destroyed.
“He [Molina] is not an employee here, he is a third party who only helped us load the coffin because it weighs a lot. The family chose a cedar [wood] box that is very difficult to transport and that is why we summoned him, just to carry the box.
“The three outsourced employees that we called and appear in the images, we took away their mobile phones in the morgue. We gave them back when all the work had been finished and at that moment, which was when the police called me to organise the transfer, that’s when they did it.”
Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla named Mr Molina online and has threatened legal action over the scandal.
In a day of high emotion, the World Cup winner was taken by hearse late on Thursday to the Bella Vista cemetery on the outskirts of Buenos Aires — where his parents are also interred — for a small private ceremony of his family and close friends.
Diego Maradona's fans bid farewell by laying down flowers and jerseys by his coffin in Buenos Aires, Argentina pic.twitter.com/Qyzc7o2NdQ
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Thousands of Argentines lined the roads as the procession passed on the hour-long journey from the presidential palace in central Buenos Aires, where Maradona had lain in state during the day.