Diego Maradona, a funeral worker sacked after taking a selfie next to the body of the Argentine soccer hero in an open coffin

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A funeral home worker has been fired after taking a selfie next to Diego Maradona’s open casket.

The sick photo showing him thumbs up by the soccer idol’s body began circulating on social media this afternoon.

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Diego Maradona pictured shortly before his deathCredit: Rex Features
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Argentine President Alberto Fernandez places an Argentinos Juniors jersey on the coffin while in the presidential palaceCredit: Reuters
Fans line up to catch a glimpse of the coffin

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Fans line up to catch a glimpse of the coffinCredit: EPA

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has decreed three days of mourning after the legendary player’s death from an alleged 60-year-old heart attack.

Maradona’s body lay in a wooden coffin with the blue and white national flag and an Argentinian shirt with his famous number 10 in the presidential palace Casa Rosada in the capital Buenos Aires.

But earlier, a funeral home worker, believed to have been one of the men tasked with preparing Maradona’s body, took a selfie of himself with an open casket.



The owner of the funeral home, a company called Sepelios Pinier, confirmed to local media that the worker has now been sacked.

His coffin was left open for the family vigil leading up to the public eviction, which began at 6 a.m. local time today.

Maradona’s attorney, Matias Morla, has named the culprit for the sick selfie and posted a photo of him on social media to his official Twitter feed as he pledged to take legal action.

“For the memory of my friend, I will not rest until he pays for this aberration,” he said.

Maradona will be buried later Thursday at the Jardin de Paz cemetery on the outskirts of Argentina’s capital, where her parents were also buried, her spokesman Sebastian Sanchi said.

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Fans queuing in front of Casa Rosada Credit: AP: Associated Press
The coffin had swimsuits with the famous Maradona number 10 on it

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The coffin had swimsuits with the famous Maradona number 10 on itCredit: EPA

As his body was brought to the presidential palace, fans clashed with police as they scrambled to get a glimpse of the Argentinian football legend’s coffin in Buenos Aires.

Grief and passion boiled over as heartbroken supporters broke through barriers and brawled with riot police near the presidential palace.

The footage also shows hordes of fans in tears surrounding a white hearse last night as they desperately hoped for a glimpse of their hero’s latest journey through the capital.

Many mourners were in tears, with some wearing the World Cup winner’s famous 10 Argentina jersey as they gathered at Casa Rosada.

Dozens of other shirts from different teams thrown by crying visitors were scattered on and around the coffin.

Fans blew kisses as they walked past Maradona’s wooden coffin in the main lobby of Casa Rosada, some slapping their chests with closed fists and shouting “Come on Diego”.



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