Maradona signed by Venezuelan TV for World Cup show

From BBC - November 7, 2017

Argentine former football star Diego Maradona has signed a contract with Venezuela's state-owned television channel, Telesur.

He will host a daily programme during next year's World Cup, which will be played in Russia.

It will be called From the Hand of the Number 10, a reference to his infamous "hand of god" goal against England in the 1986 tournament in Mexico.

The news come amid a worsening economic and political crisis in Venezuela.

More than 120 people were killed in protests against the government of Nicols Maduro earlier this year.

'Soldier for free Venezuela'

In August, when Mr Maduro was facing international criticism over the government's brutal handling of Venezuela's political and economic crisis, Maradona sent him a public message of support.

He volunteered to be "a soldier for a free Venezuela, to fight against imperialism".

Maradona has been an outspoken supporter of Mr Maduro and other left-wing governments across Latin America.

The ex-player has tattoos of the heroes of the Cuban Revolution, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, stamped on his arm and leg.

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