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Funeral worker snapped with Maradona’s corpse receives death threats; some call for citizenship to be stripped

A funeral worker who took selfies by Diego Maradona’s body in his open coffin has made a grovelling apology after the images sparked international outrage.

The first of the photos began circulating on Thursday and sparked threats of legal action by Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla.

He named the man at the centre of the scandal as Diego Molina and it later emerged he had been sacked by the owner of the funeral parlour, a firm called Sepelios Pinier.

Pictures subsequently emerged of a father and son repeating Molina’s thumbs-up gesture by the open coffin, with the younger of the pair even appearing to smile.

Local reports said they too had been fired by their distraught boss.

They were subsequently named as Claudio Fernandez and his son Ismael, 18.

Offended Maradona fans responded by posting death threats online.

Some have called for him to be stripped of his Argentinian citizenship.

Thousands came to say farewell to their hero at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, where Maradona’s casket is lying in state for three days.

Regarded by some as the greatest player of all time, Maradona combined awesome footballing ability with a flair for showmanship and a turbulent personal life marked by drug and alcohol problems.