Maradona lawyer slams "criminal idiocy" over emergency response; demands probe

FILE PHOTO: Matias Morla, lawyer of Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona, speaks to the press outside the clinic where Maradona underwent brain surgery, in Olivos, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Diego Maradona’s lawyer, Matías Morla, said on Thursday that he would ask for a full investigation into the circumstances of the soccer star’s death, and criticized what he said was a slow response by emergency service.

Maradona, 60, died on Wednesday at his Tigre home in the north of Buenos Aires after suffering heart failure. The former footballer had various health problems and weeks ago he had undergone surgery for a blood clot in his head.

“It is inexplicable that for 12 hours my friend has had no attention or check-up from the personnel dedicated to these ends,” Morla said in a statement on his Twitter account.

“The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy,” he added, saying that the fact should not be “brushed aside” and that he would seek a full investigation into the matter.

Reporting by Eliana Raszewski; Writing by Adam Jourdan