Maradona blames the media

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's Football Association (AFA) is blaming the media for Diego Maradona's angry tirade on live television.

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's Football Association (AFA) is blaming the media for Diego Maradona's angry tirade on live television.

The AFA sent a formal report to Fifa dismissing Maradona's profanity-laced news conference in Uruguay as the natural result of tough questions from reporters. Fifa is investigating.

Maradona faces a possible five-game suspension and a fine of about R150000 if Fifa determines that he lowered himself "in a way that undermines human dignity".

AFA attorney Hugo Pasos said the report says "Maradona acted in a state of violent emotions because of confrontations with reporters in the days before the game". Maradona has called it a "momentary outburst" caused by reporters who unfairly accused him of not working hard enough. - Sapa-AP

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