Female footballer refuses to pay respect to Diego Maradona over ‘rape’, and ‘sexism’

Paula Dapena, 24, is well-known among her teammates for being a woman of strong feminist ideals

Tributes have been paid to the late Diego Maradona at sporting events across the world over the weekend after the Argentine legend’s death mid-week, from the New Zealand All Blacks paying homage to the famous number 10 before their game against Argentina to Lionel Messi revealing a replica of his Newell’s Old Boys jersey in honour of his compatriot.

However, one female player refused to stand during a minute’s silence before a women’s friendly match between Viajes Interrias FF and Deportivo Abanca in Coruña, Spain — instead choosing to sit on the floor with her back turned while the rest of the players stood with their heads bowed in respect.


Paula Dapena, a 24-year-old player for Viajes Interrias FF, is well-known among her teammates for being a woman of strong feminist ideals. When she arrived at the ground in Abegondo, she revealed that she had not been aware that there would be a minute’s silence for Maradona.

“As soon as I found out that there would be an act in his memory I refused to observe the minute’s silence for a rapist, paedophile and abuser,” Dapena said.

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