Diego Maradona’s medical team has been charged with murder related to the death of the football legend.
The athlete died of heart failure in November at the age of 60, two weeks after undergoing brain surgery. According to ESPN, seven people have now been booked for “simple murder with possible intent”.
The Argentine police searched the home and private clinic of Dr. Leopoldo Lugue, the surgeon who performed the brain surgery on Maradona. He is one of those who will be prosecuted along with the soccer player’s psychiatrist, Agustina Cosachov, two nurses and other medical professionals.
If convicted, they face up to 25 years in prison.
Maradona’s family suspected his death, which led to a special investigation. Prosecutors reportedly believe there is evidence that he received inadequate medical care after his surgery.
The case will be heard by a judge on May 31.
The legendary footballer died on November 25th of heart failure that caused pulmonary edema. However, it was also revealed that he was suffering from severe heart, liver and kidney problems at the time of his death. While no alcohol or illegal drugs were found in his system, an autopsy revealed that Maradona was taking prescription drugs like quetiapine, venlafaxine, and levetiracetam.
Known as one of the greatest football players of all time, Maradona achieved athletic greatness as he led Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup. The Argentine World Cup victory was preceded by a 2-1 quarter-final victory over England, in which Maradona scored one of the most discussed goals of all time in the infamous “Hand of God” goal. His club-level successes with Napoli were so great that the club even withdrew their number 10 jersey in 2000 in honor of the legendary goalscorer.