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Maradona's daughters ask fans to cancel band

"Today, dad needs to be quiet so that he can recover and be with us again," said a statement issued by Dalma and Gianina Maradona.
PTI | By Reuters, Buenos Aires
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2004 12:06 PM IST

Diego Maradona's daughters have asked for silence after reports that the former Argentina captain's supporters planned to bring a band to play in front of the hospital where he is being treated for heart and breathing problems.

"Today, dad needs to be quiet so that he can recover and be with us again," said a statement issued by Dalma and Gianina Maradona.

"That's why we ask the real supporters and fanatics to co-operate, not just by not shouting his name but helping to quieten anybody who does," they said.

"We ask that if they hold any kind of demonstration, that they do it away from the clinic. It will be worth as much and it will be better for everyone."

Argentine media reported that fans of Boca Juniors, Maradona's favourite team, planned to bring the band to play in front of the Suizo-Argentina clinic on Saturday afternoon.

The fans distributed pamphlets asking supporters to come dressed either in Boca Juniors or Argentina team shirts.

Maradona has been in intensive care at the hospital since Sunday and his fans have kept vigil in front of the hospital.

They have lit candles and plastered the walls with photographs and messages.

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