A funeral employee who took a selfie next to the open casket of Argentine football icon Diego Maradona as his body lay in state in Buenos Aires has actually been fired and begged for forgiveness.
The images, which were shared widely online, triggered worldwide outrage – consisting of death hazards.
Claudio Fernandez informed Radio Diez on Friday that he had lost his task at the Sepelios Pinier funeral house, together with his kid Ismael and a third male.
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In one image, a guy can be seen offering a thumbs-up to the cam with one hand, while the other appears to be touching the forehead of the late World Cup winner, who died of a cardiac arrest at his house on Wednesday, aged 60.
A third funeral employee appears in another photo in the same posture.
Mr Fernandez said they had not prepared to take the image. “It was something instant. I ‘d simply raised my head and my child did it like any kid of 18,” he told the radio station.
He said he had received threats from others living in the El Paternal area where Maradona debuted as an expert in 1976 with the Argentinos Juniors team.
” They understand me. I’m from the area,” he said. “They state they are going to eliminate us, break our heads.”
He said he understood the footballer’s family, which it was not his intent to reveal any disrespect, and requested everyone’s forgiveness.
The club issued a declaration stating it was thinking about expelling Mr Fernandez from its subscription.
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The 3 were hired by the funeral parlour to assist prepare Maradona’s body and bring the casket, according to Argentinian TV channel TN.
It stated the supervisor Matias Picon was “devastated” and claimed the trio were not straight utilized by them, and that they were “contracted out” by a 3rd party.
Mr Picon told TN: “The family trusted us, we have been working with them for a very long time. My dad is 75-years-old and he is weeping, I am weeping, my sibling too, we are ruined.”
Venting his anger on Twitter, Maradona’s attorney Matias Morla composed on Friday: “I am going to personally look after discovering the scoundrel who took that picture.
” For the memory of my pal I will not rest till I pay for such an aberration. All those responsible for such an act of cowardice will pay.”
Countless fans lined the streets of the city to pay their aspects to the football legend, triggering clashes after numerous were unable to get a glimpse of the casket.
Only member of the family and buddies attended the burial, and Maradona was put to rest beside the graves of his parents, Dalma and Diego.