Maradona threatens legal action against Grondona

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2010, 09:54 AM IST

Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona threatened legal action against Argentine football association president Julio Grondona on Friday as their bitter post-World Cup war of words took another dramatic twist.

"I am not going to go on about Grondona. I am going directly to see my lawyers to start an action after all he has said. He has lost control," Maradona told a newspaper.

Maradona and Grondona have been at loggerheads since the Argentine football legend was deposed as coach following the team’s 4-0 defeat to Germany at the World Cup quarter-finals.

On Thursday, the 79-year-old Grondona hit back at Maradona for describing him as "senile".

“I am not senile, I am not an informer and I never will be,” said the federation chief.

“One day he (Maradona) loves you, the next he hates you. There are reasons for this, we all know what they are,” added Grondona, alluding to Maradona’s long-time battle with drugs.

Maradona insisted on Friday that he is now free of drug and alcohol problems.

“I haven’t taken anything for six years, not even a glass of wine.”

Bureau Report