Maradona tears into media

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:05 PM ET

POKOLWANE - Diego Maradona wants an apology from many of the same media members he was laughing with 24 hours earlier.

Having seen his team complete a clean sweep of its Group B opponents thanks to a 2-0 win over Greece on Tuesday, Maradona used his post-game press conference to slam those who had slagged him as coach and doubted his squad before South Africa 2010.

Ranted Maradona: "Everything a lot of you said, you were wrong... You even showed a lack of respect for these players... (and) should apologize to these players because they give everything on the pitch, because they are 100% professional.

"We're doing our duty, we're defending the Argentine colours which we've always done.

"These same players were in the qualifiers. Anybody can make a mistake but I'd love it for those on the other side to say sorry."

And so it goes for Maradona who, on Monday, was sharing a few yuks with the media about the sun glasses he wore into his press conference, a Father's Day gift from his kids.

How things change in a day.

As for the Greeks, they should hold their heads high, having completed a tournament in which they registered their first World Cup win, a 2-1 decision over Nigeria.

And nobody should hold theirs higher than Alexandros Tzorvas who, for 77 minutes breathtaking minutes of spectacular goalkeeping, held the mighty Argentines off the board.

But even he could not work a miracle like the Greeks did by winning the 2004 Euros.

At least it was a valiant try.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca


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