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Maradona: I would have punched Messi over that penalty with Suarez

The Argentina legend admits he would have reacted angrily to the Barcelona star’s spot kick.

DIEGO MARADONA ADMITS he would have punched Lionel Messi over his trickshot penalty with Luis Suarez.

Barcelona ran out comfortable 6-1 winners over Celta Vigo last month but the highlight of the game was Messi’s penalty in which he opted to pass to Luis Suarez for an easy finish from close range, instead of shooting directly.

But Maradona, who coached Messi during the 2010 World Cup with the Argentina national team, insists he would have reacted angrily as a player if he witnessed that penalty on the pitch.

“If I’d have been on the pitch for Messi’s indirect penalty, there would have been punches thrown, regardless of whether it was the A, the B, the C or the D division, for sure there would have been punches thrown,” Maradona told Fox Sports’ ’90 Minutes’ show.

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