So Diego Maradona’s advice to all of his critics on Wednesday, specifically on how they “can suck it, and keep on sucking it,” seems to be sweeping the globe. One profane outburst to unite us all.
Argentina’s embattled national coach got his squad into the World Cup on Wednesday, with a 1-0 win over Uruguay. And afterward he had some choice comments for the assembled press, which has been critical of the FIFA co-Player of the Century ever since he took control of the team this past November. FIFA’s disciplinary committee is looking into it, and there may be sanctions.
But Maradona is unapologetic, and is even having some fun with this. Check out the video following the jump, in which he demonstrates to supporters just how he’d like his critics to suck it.
(Hey, this is no way to use the Hand of God)
The outspoken Albiceleste coach was delighted to be able to answer all the criticism that has been aimed at him by the press as Argentina secured a dramatic win in Montevideo to take his country to South Africa next summer.
“They can suck it and carry on sucking it,” he fumed in the press conference after the dramatic win. “This is for all Argentines, minus the journalists.
“I want to thank my players for qualifying because they played like men and today they consecrated me as a coach.
“I also want to dedicate this to the whole of Argentina, to my family too, but there is one group who do not deserve this because they have treated me like rubbish.
The result, of course, will be a FIFA disciplinary hearing, which could result in sanctions against the coach. But the telling thing is that the World Cup berth hasn’t done a lot to sway public opinion; in respective polls by two major Argentine newspapers, 85 percent and 81.4 percent of respondents still want Maradona fired.
But even if this happens, one has the feeling that his new catch phrase will live on.
H/T for video: UNPROFESSIONAL FOUL