A judge ordered on Wednesday that eight people will be placed on trial by the Argentine judiciary for alleged flaws in the care of football great Diego Maradona.
According to DW, the medical professionals will be tried for “simple homicide with probable intention” in connection with the Argentine football legend’s passing in November 2020.
Prosecutors claim that during his home hospitalization, caregivers “omitted” to take care of him, which led to his death.
Leopold Luque, a neurosurgeon, as well as other medical professionals and nurses who oversaw Diego Maradona‘s care are among the eight people under investigation.
The football icon was allegedly put in a “position of helplessness” by the medical staff’s poor supervision, according to the prosecution.
The defendants could receive prison terms of eight to 25 years. They were “the protagonists of an unprecedented, completely inadequate, and negligent hospitalization at home,” according to the prosecution.
The trial has not yet been given a date.
Diego Maradona was recognized as one of the greatest players in football history, especially for his dexterity with the ball in his feet.
Together with Pele, he shared the FIFA Player of the Century award.
A few weeks after having brain surgery, he passed away at the age of 60 in a private home north of Buenos Aires. His passing caused a time of national mourning.
Due to a blood clot in his brain, he was originally hospitalized. Due to his concerns with his weight, he endured major health challenges for many years, including repeated heart attacks, hepatitis, and a gastric bypass.
Maradona played football professionally for Barcelona, Boca Juniors, and Napoli.