'I don't speak about traitors' – Maradona slams Icardi

The Napoli legend has made his feelings about the Inter striker clear, although he did deny being angry with Juventus frontman Gonzalo Higuain

Diego Maradona has criticised Inter striker Mauro Icardi over his affair with the former wife of Maxi Lopez.

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Icardi had a relationship with Wanda Nara, who was then married to his Sampdoria team-mate Lopez, in 2013, with the couple later marrying and having a child together.

And Maradona made his feelings about his compatriot clear in a press conference held on Monday ahead of a ‘Match for Peace’ event organised by the Vatican. 

“I don’t know if Icardi will be called-up for the national team,” Maradona told reporters.

“I don’t speak about traitors. I’m here for the Match for Peace, and Icardi has nothing to do with it.”

The 23-year-old later responded to his fellow Argentine’s comments, telling Sky Sport 24: “Maradona is not an example to anyone. His words are not compatible with peace.”

The World Cup winner also insisted he “has nothing against” Gonzalo Higuain after the striker left Maradona’s former club Napoli for Juventus in the summer.
“As for Higuain, I’m not angry with him as some have perhaps said. Every man can do what he wants,” he said.

“I was surprised though, he didn’t act in the right way by having a medical in Spain, something which was completely pointless.
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“It hurts me, because I played with his father [Jorge] and he knows that you can’t act like that.

“I don’t have anything against Pipita though, he’ll continue to score goals for Juve.”