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Maradona's assistant coaches leave Gimnasia

Xinhua
28 Nov 2020, 10:44 GMT+10

BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The backroom coaching staff at Gimnasia y Esgrima resigned on Friday out of respect for Diego Maradona, who was manager of the Argentine first division club at the time of his death.

"It's a decision we comprehend and shows the humanity of the group that worked so well with Diego Maradona," Gimnasia said in a statement.

The club had been led by Sebastian Mendez since early November, when Maradona underwent surgery for a blood clot on his brain.

The 1986 World Cup winner died on Wednesday from a heart attack at his home in Tigre, near Buenos Aires.

Gimnasia's players have requested that their next match, against Velez Sarsfield on Saturday, be postponed on compassionate grounds.

The side from La Plata, in Buenos Aires province, is currently third in Group F of the Argentine Primera Division.

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