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Football legend Diego Maradona survives car crash

New Al Wasl coach is hit by bus in Buenos Aires, cuts and bruises treated in hospital

Football legend Diego Maradona survives car crash
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The new head coach of the Al Wasl football team in Dubai, Diego Maradona, narrowly escaped injury this week after crashing his car in Buenos Aires.

The Argentinian football legend, who was only recently appointed manager of the UAE club, was reportedly hit by a bus on Monday night while driving his car in his home capital.

He and his girlfriend Veronica Ojeda were taken to hospital with cuts and bruises, but were discharged with the all clear from doctors.

"They are in perfect condition,” the director of the hospital Oscar Sico told reporters. “They went on their own (to hospital) but have no problems. They can both go home."

The Dubai Al Wasl team, who currently lie fourth in their domestic league, are preparing to receive Maradona as part of a two year deal from next season.

The deal was apparently agreed after “lengthy negotiations” were held with the 50-year-old former Napoli star, the club said.

Earlier this year, Maradona dismissed reports he received a $10m pay deal to become head coach for Al Wasl, but confirmed he plans a number of player signings.

“We are very far away from the numbers you have mentioned,” Maradona, who coached the Argentinean national team during the 2010 World Cup, said when asked the size of his salary.

“I don’t play football anymore, I am a coach. The people who make the money are the players. We make much less money.”

Club chairman Marwan bin Bayat declined to name the amount paid to the Argentinean football legend but said the payout was worth it, as Maradona would be a major draw for club fans.

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