Three workers hired to help with the funeral and burial of Diego Maradona have been condemned for taking photos next to his open coffin.
A funeral parlour took on the three to help prepare the coffin of the football icon, who died on Wednesday aged 60.
In two pictures, the men can be seen posing next to the open casket at the parlour, smiling with their thumbs up.
The photos surfaced online as Maradona’s body lay in repose at the presidential palace, provoking outrage.
Maradona’s agent and lawyer, Matías Morla, vowed to take legal action against the “scoundrel” responsible for the photos.
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The manager of the Sepelios Pinier funeral parlour in the Paternal district of Buenos Aires, Matías Picón, told local media that the three men in the photos were “outsourced employees” who had helped carry the heavy coffin.
“We are devastated,” Mr Picón, told the TN news channel. “The family trusted us, we have been working with them for a long time.”
Mr Picón said his company had organised funeral services for other members of the Maradona family. “The family has total confidence in us, that’s why we are so affected,” he said.
“My father is 75 years old and he is crying, I am crying, my brother too, we are destroyed,” Mr Picón added.
When he called Maradona’s ex-wife, Claudia Villafañe, to tell her about the photos, “she was furious”.