Maradona plays down Veron clash

Diego Maradona has played down his confrontation with Juan Sebastian Veron at Wednesday’s Match for Peace.

The two Argentines clashed during the spcial charity match, which was being held at Rome’s Olympic Stadium to promote peace and honour Pope Francis.

Maradona fell over after he and Veron bumped into each other, and after a terse exchange on the pitch, the Argentina legend had to be held back by ex-Brazil defender Cafu on the sidelines as he attempted to carry on the argument:

Afterwards, Maradona refused to go into any further detail over the incident.

“What happened with Veron stays between us, I’m not supposed to talk about a player who I always admired a lot,” he said.

Veron, meanwhile, dismissed the incident as “nothing”.

If you’re wondering what these two former greats might have against each other, look no further than the 2010 World Cup. Veron played under Maradona at the competition, and was heavily critical of his management afterwards.

It seems there is still some bad blood lingering between them.

The Match of Peace featured a whole host of retired greats and current players, including Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti, Edgar Davids, Hernan Crespo and Bojan Krkic.

Maradona’s team lost the game 4-3, with Fernando Cavenaghi scoring the winning goal for the opposition.