Diego Maradona was extremely lively during Argentina‘s match against Nigeria tonight. He was visibly overwhelmed after Marcos Rojo’s winning goal to send Argentina into the next round, as he gestured aggressively towards Nigeria fans during the celebrations.
But the former Argentina player had to be taken to hospital after the final whistle, as he struggled to climb the stairs on his way out of the stadium.
He was taken to a hospital in St Petersburg by the stadium’s medical team, as ESPN’s Diego Cora reports.
Video footage has emerged of Maradona being carried from his seat.
According to reports from Russia, Maradona is now in a stable condition.
Maradona’s antics during the game, in particular his obscene gesture after Rojo’s winning goal, did not go down with the BBC’s punditry panel.
Gary Lineker said: “Maradona’s in danger of becoming a laughing stock, I’m afraid.”
Rio Ferdinand added: “His career as a football player on the pitch was up there with the best, but unfortunately there are moments like this that do arrive. It is not nice to see that.”