A funeral parlour took on the three workers to help prepare the coffin of the football legend, Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday at the age of 60. In the two pictures, the men can be seen posing next to the open casket at the parlour, smiling with their thumbs up.
The photos surfaced online as his body lay in repose at the presidential palace, provoking the outrage. Maradona’s agent and his lawyer, Matías Morla, vowed to take a legal action against the “scoundrel” responsible for the photos.
“For the memory of my friend, I would not rest until he pays for such an atrocity,” Mr Morla wrote on Twitter. The manager of the Sepelios Pinier funeral parlour in the Paternal district of Buenos Aires, Matías Picón, told the local media that those three men in the photos were “outsourced employees” who helped carry the heavy coffin.
“We are devastated,” Mr Picón, recently told the TN news channel. “The family trusted us, and we have been working with them for a long time.” Mr Picón said his company had organized funeral services for the other members of the Maradona family. “The family has total confidence in us, that is why we are so affected,” he said.
“My father is about 75 years old and he is crying, I am also crying, my brother is crying too, we are destroyed,” Mr Picón said. When he called Diego Maradona’s ex-wife, Claudia Villafañe, to tell her about the photos, “she was furious”.
Selfies Of Funeral Workers With Diego Maradona Create Anger And Criticism
The Picóns said that they did not know if the Maradona family planned to take any legal action against them. Judicial sources recently told the Télam news agency that no crime had been reported concerning the photos, so prosecutors had filed no complaint.
Maradona was buried on Thursday in a private ceremony, the first of three days of the mourning declared over his death in Argentina. Maradona’s coffin, which was draped in Argentina’s national flag and his football shirt, bearing his trademark No 10, was on public display at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires earlier in the day.
Thousands of his fans filed through the door of the Casa Rosada to say goodbye to their greatest hero, but the wake ended prematurely after the clashes between police and some mourners who were waiting in line.
He was regarded by many people as the greatest football player of all time, the former Argentina attacking mid-fielder died at his home in Tigre, near Buenos Aires.