January 25, 2020 / 12:02 AM / in a month

Argentine club makes throne for coach Maradona

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Argentina - La Plata, Argentina - September 8, 2019 Gimnasia y Esgrima new coach Diego Maradona during press conference REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian/File Photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - His nickname is God but Diego Maradona is being treated as a king by his club, who have made a special throne for the 59-year-old coach to use on the sidelines of each home game.

Gimnasia y Esgrima will auction the high-backed chair, decked out in the club colours of blue and white and replete with the official crest and initials DM, after each home match.

Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is widely held to be one of the greatest ever players in the game, took over at the La Plata club in September and is charged with helping them avoid relegation to Argentina’s second tier.

The club said Maradona will also sign replicas of the throne to be sold in the club shop. He signed his first chair on Friday before Gimnasia’s Superliga game with Velez Sarsfield.

Reporting by andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris

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