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Italia '90 ref: "I could have sent Maradona off before the game"

The match official for the 1990 World Cup final Edgardo Codesal added: "Maradona is one of the least desirable people I've known in my life".

Italia '90 ref: "I could have sent Maradona off before the game"

Former referee Edgardo Codesal who officiated the Italia 1990 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina spoke to Uruguayan network 'Tirando Paredes' to reminiscence on his experience on overseeing the World Cup final.

Regarding Diego Maradona's behaviour Codesal claimed: "I could have sent him off before the game started as he was swearing profusely during the national anthem. Later when I decided to send-off Monzón, Maradona approached me and claimed I was a thief and on the FIFA pay-roll."

The Montevideo born former official added: "I saw Maradona do some remarkable things on the pitch and also saw that his knee had ballooned from aggressive tackling. As a player he was the best but as a person he was an unpleasant person and one of the worst I've gotten to know in my life".