Kerala Declares Two-Day Mourning in Honour of Footballing Icon Diego Maradona

Nov 26, 2020, 4:38 PM GMT+5:30
Diego Maradona had visited India amid great fanfare in 2012 | DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/Getty Images

The government of the Indian state of Kerala on Thursday announced a two-day mourning in the sports sector as a mark of respect in honour of Argentinian legend, Diego Maradona who passed away on Wednesday due to a cardiac arrest.

The sports minister of Kerala, EP Jayarajan announced that the state will be in mourning for two days i.e 26 and 27 of November as the state-football fans were shocked disbelief by the news of the passing away of the 1986 World Cup winner who had enthralled fans the world over with his brilliance.

"The people of Kerala are among the football fans across the world pained by the death of the legendary player Maradona. Football is a beautiful game and Maradona was the most popular player. He has a big place in the hearts of football fans in Kerala ever since Argentina won the 1986 World Cup," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement.

"After Argentina, Maradona has the largest number of fans in Kerala. During any World Cup his posters are found in large numbers in this tiny state," he added.

The footballing icon had visited the state for two days back in 2012, with fans converging at the stadium three days before his event, in order to get a glimpse of their idol.