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Maradona throws punch in a scuffle with journalists

Maradona threw punch in a scuffle with TV reporters who crowded him as he left a courthouse following an arbitration hearing with his former manager.

world Updated: Apr 24, 2008 14:44 IST

Former soccer star Diego Maradona threw a wild punch and some insults at a crush of television reporters who crowded him as he left a courthouse following an arbitration hearing with his former manager.

Maradona and Guillermo Coppola, who have been enmeshed in a legal dispute over past business dealings, were summoned to appear at a hearing. But chaos ensued when Maradona left and local photographers and journalists chased him.

Live television showed Maradona and his former wife, Claudia Villafane, as they tried to escape through a crowd of
journalists. Maradona was heard to shout: "Don't push Claudia."

With camera crews and reporters surrounding him, Maradona was seen throwing a punch that apparently missed. There were no reports of injuries, but Maradona can be heard on video complaining "They hit me with a camera!".