The disturbing image, which Mirror Sport decided not to publish, shows the man giving the thumbs up next to the 60-year-old’s body.
The funeral management had tasked the man with preparing Maradona’s body for the wake. The owner of Sepelios Pinier funeral parlour confirmed to local media that the employee has been sacked.
The picture, which has been shared on social media, triggered a very harsh response.
One Twitter user wrote: “He should be stripped of his Argentinian citizenship. You don’t do something like this. Complete lack of respect.”
While another warned: “Don’t retweet it.”
Diego Maradona died in his sleep on Wednesday after suffering a heart failure, causing a pulmonary edema.
The World Cup winner had been recovering at home in Tigre after leaving hospital on 11th November. This follows a brain blood clot operation.
A preliminary post-mortem detected a dilated cardiomyopathy. This is a medical condition in which the heart muscle becomes weakened and enlarged. This prevents the heart from being able to pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
They took Maradona’s body to the presidential palace in Argentina on Thursday morning. People then gathered to pay their last respect to the international star.
Fans also gathered outside the Buenos Aires stadium, where the 60-year-old began his career and which has since been renamed to honour Diego Maradona.
Among those to pay tribute to Maradona was the pope. He said he will remember the Argentine player in his prayers.
Meanwhile, an emotional statement from Maradona’s former club Napoli, read.
“Everyone is waiting for our words but what words could we possibly use for a pain such as this that we are going through? Now is the moment for tears. Then there will be the moment for words.
“We are in mourning, we feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. We are in shock. A devastating blow for both city and club.”
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