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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Confusion over claims Diego Maradona reinstated as Fujairah manager

Fujairah announced on Twitter account news of the Argentine's return, three days after leaving the club, but his lawyer has denied an agreement has been made

Diego Maradona had joined Fujairah as their manager last year. Satish Kumar / The National
Diego Maradona had joined Fujairah as their manager last year. Satish Kumar / The National

Confusion reigned on Monday night regarding Diego Maradona’s apparent return to Fujairah, with the club and the Argentine’s representatives releasing conflicting statements.

In a remarkable turn of events, Fujairah announced on their official Twitter that Maradona had been reinstated as manager and given a one-year extension to his original contract – three days after leaving the club.

“Under the direction of the president of Fujairah, Diego Maradona returns to lead the Wolves in the play-offs and renew the contract for another year,” read the tweet.

However, Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Morla, then tweeted that “to this day, Diego Maradona did not renew his contract with Fujairah”.

Maradona, 57, had parted company with the First Division side late on Friday, only hours after they drew 1-1 with Khorfakkan in their final match of the 2017/18 season. The result meant Fujairah missed out on gaining automatic promotion to the Arabian Gulf League. Morla later stated the decision had been a “mutual agreement”.

Fujairah still have the chance to seal promotion next month, though. They take on Hatta, this season’s bottom club in the Arabian Gulf League, on May 9 and 13. Should they win, Fujairah will be promoted to the UAE top flight.

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