Napoli and Naples Mayor argue over Maradona statue

Napoli and the Naples City Council are arguing over a statue for Diego Armando Maradona and are reportedly working on two different projects.

The Argentina and Napoli legend died of a heart attack on November 25, 2020.

Napoli have named their stadium after him and have begun their own project to build a statue outside their home ground.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports the City Council’s project was blocked by a police investigation that found out Gennaro Grosso, a Napoli ultra with a criminal record, was part of an external commission named by the Council to pick the winning project.

Therefore, they accepted a donation from local artist Mimmo Sepe whose Maradona statue will be unveiled on July 29 outside the stadium in Naples.

The Council invited 1,000 kids to the official unveiling, but not representatives of Napoli who are working on their own project with the artist Stefano Ceci, who was a close friend of the former striker.

“We met Napoli directors to program what to do together with the club and their footballers,” Carmine Sgambati, president of the Sports Commission of the City of Naples, told Radio Marte.

“However, the Presidents’ instructions did not match ours’ so we’ll unveil the statue without the club and their players.”

It is still unclear when Napoli’s project will be finalised and whether they will be allowed to put their statue outside the stadium, given that the Stadio Maradona belongs to the City Council.

If the club will be given the green light, there will be two statues remembering Maradona outside the stadium.