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Maradona demands access to Argentina training

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Saint Petersburg, June 24 (IANS) Argentine legend Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, has demanded access to the team’s training ground in the run-up to their decisive final Group D game against Nigeria.

“I want to be able to talk to the players and make them understand what it means to wear the national shirt,” the 57-year-old said, reports Sputnik news agency.

Earlier, Maradona was spotted supporting his team at the stadium during matches with Iceland on June 16 and with Croatia five days later.

On Friday, Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 in Volgograd to lift Argentina’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stage.

Now, with the squad facing the prospect of an early World Cup exit, Argentina’s only goal is to beat Nigeria and hope that Iceland don’t win against Croatia.

Following Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Iceland, Maradona told Venezuelan TV that he could not blame the players and slammed the team’s performance as a “disgrace”.

The football legend also warned manager Jorge Sampaoli that he would not be welcome back home if he didn’t change his tactics.

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Will continue to fight soft and hard Hindutva: Owaisi

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Hyderabad, Oct 20 (IANS) Reacting sharply to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s remark that MIM shared BJP’s ideology of hatred, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday his party would continue to fight both soft and hard Hindutva.

The Hyderabad MP also reminded Gandhi that MIM was part of Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) till 2012.

“@RahulGandhi be assured that we will continue to contest elections & defeat soft and hard Hindutva in Telangana inshallah. Pls refresh your memory about who was with UPA till 2012. We need an assertive & independent minority SC/ST leadership which @INCIndia’s chamchas can’t provide,” tweeted Owaisi.

The president of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) tweeted hours after Rahul Gandhi addresses a meeting at historic Charminar in the old city of Hyderabad, considered a bastion of MIM.

In his first direct and bitter attack, Gandhi said MIM was supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi because they have the same ideology of hatred and divisiveness.

Before Gandhi’s visit to Charminar, Owaisi dared him and BJP president Amit Shah to contest against him in Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency.

“Amit Shah had come to my constituency 10 days ago and said we will ensure Owaisi and Majlis ‘mukt’ Hyderabad. I want both Rahul Gandhi and Amit Shah to contest from Hyderabad. People of Hyderabad will give befitting reply to a Janedaru Hindu and a Hindu nationalist,” he said.

Owaisi, whose party is an ally of Telangana’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), said there was not a single communal riot in Hyderabad during last four-and-a-half year whereas there were several riots during Congress rule after 2009.

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