The decision to permit Maradón to play for Brazil’s national team in 2018 was a “mistake,” according to FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
The decision to let Maradonas play for the team was “a mistake,” Infantinos spokesperson told Vice News in a statement on Monday.
The move comes after the former Argentina and Real Madrid player was granted permission by FIFA to play in Brazil ahead of next year’s World Cup, which is expected to be held in Brazil.
Maradona made headlines when he left Real Madrid in 2010 to play with his former club, Argentina, and scored in the final of the Copa Libertadores.
His move to Real Madrid came after Real Madrid bought his rights to play there from his former team.
After winning the Copas Libertads with Real Madrid, Maradoni won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2014, earning him the nickname “The Maradonian.”
Maradonos career started in Argentina, where he played for Club America before joining Real Madrid for $3.5 million.
He also won three Ballon d’Or awards with the Spanish club and was voted by the Argentine media as one of the best young players in the world.
A FIFA investigation into allegations that he used his power as a player to obtain kickbacks for services rendered by his agent is ongoing.