Diego Run-im-ova

For a real journalist, there are some situations where you need to keep your wits about you: for instance, those posted to cover the current civil unrest in Thailand, where at least one photographer has been killed in rioting; or in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan, where you’re never quite sure if a yank soldier is going to mistake your Dictaphone for a semi-automatic pistol and blow you head clean off.

The other beat where you need to keep ‘em peeled is Diego Maradona. Not only do you have to hang around in a city where guns and violence are commonplace, you also have to be aware of the man himself, in case he threatens you with physical violence or, like he did yesterday to an Argentine journalist, run you over and then berate you for being in the way.

The 49-year-old basket case was surrounded by hacks as he drove towards the press conference where he announced his World Cup squad, and after he apparently accidentally run the poor man over, rolled down his window and shouted: ‘What an asshole you are,’ Maradona shouted from the car. ‘How can you put your leg there where it can get run over, man?’ Yeah, you fool, get out of the goddamn way!

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