Rabat – The United States has declined a visa request by Argentina’s former football legend Diego Maradona after he allegedly insulted US President Donald Trump in an interview with the Venezuelan network, Telesur.
Matias Morla, Maradona’s lawyer explained in an interview for the program “Buenos Dias America,” that Maradona was asked about his opinion on Trump. During the interview given to Telesur, Maradona called Trump a “chirolita,” a slang insult in Argentina that refers to people who are under the orders of others as puppets, reported several news outlets including Russia’s RT and Great Britain’s Daily Mail.
During the time of the interview, the 57-year old ex-footballer was in the process of applying for a visa to the US, which was eventually rejected.
Maradona was to travel to Florida in order to appear at a trial with his former wife, Claudia Villafane, who bought property with her maiden name while she was married.
After visa denial, Maradona’s lawyer is expected to represent Maradona in the trial.
“After this, I said I am going to have to represent you in Miami instead,” Morla told Maradona.
It’s not the first time Maradona has run afoul of the law in the US. During the 1994 World Cup held in the US, Maradona tested positive for five banned substances. Argentina’s football federation then expelled the football star from the team and the tournament.