February 10, 2017 / 12:12 AM / 10 months ago

Maradona given FIFA ambassadorial role

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona has been handed an ambassadorial role by the game’s global governing body FIFA.

Football Soccer - FIFA Awards Ceremony - Zurich, Switzerland - 09/01/17. Diego Armando Maradona arrives at the ceremony. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

“Now it’s official,” the 1986 World Cup winner said on his Facebook page on Thursday. “Finally I can fulfill one of the lifelong dreams; to work for a clean and transparent FIFA alongside people who really love football.”

The ex-Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona forward, 56, was a harsh critic of disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban for ethics violations.

The world body is recovering from the worst graft scandal in its history, with dozens of people, including ex-FIFA executive committee members, indicted in the United States since May 2015.

Maradona, who has 91 caps, has been invited back into the FIFA fold thanks to a warm relationship with Blatter’s successor Gianni Infantino, who was elected in February last year.

Writing by Andrew Downie; Reporting by Luis Ampuero; Editing by Ken Ferris

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