Maradona accepts NGO presidency offered by Queen Elizabeth

Buenos Aires, Oct 14 (IANS) Icon Diego Maradona has accepted his appointment as president for Latin America of the Football for Unity foundation, a post bestowed on him by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

“I am Diego Armando Maradona. I want to greet Your Majesty, the Queen, and the British Parliament, and to inform you that I wholeheartedly accept the appointment you gave me for the foundation in Latin America,” said Maradona on Tuesday in a video posted on his official Facebook page, reports Efe.

“Rest assured that the children of Latin America are going to be well taken care of by me. I thank you deeply for the trust you have placed in me,” he added.

The video, entitled “Thanks to the Queen of England for this moment”, was also shown in the British Parliament.

“I want the best for the children. We’re all going to make the children smile, and that will be our reward. There’s not going to be any corruption here, I can assure you of that,” the 55-year-old Argentine said, alluding to the recent corruption scandal that has engulfed world football governing body FIFA.

Maradona also published a text in Spanish, Italian and English in which he said the appointment will enable him to co-operate to build a better society and to leave a legacy for future generations.

He said those working with Football for Unity will overcome the barriers of cultural, social and religious prejudices that separate people, converting the foundation into a pathway to peace and coexistence.

The organisation helps children all over the world with the support of several countries, the British crown and FIFA.

Maradona’s attorney, Matias Morla, said the Queen “supports Diego’s stance” and that is why she nominated him.

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