Diego Maradona cries and leads chants mocking England in front of thousands of fans as he is unveiled as Gimnasia manager – The Sun
AN ARGENTINE chant recalling Diego Maradona's Hand of God goal against England brought the iconic midfielder to tears as he was unveiled as the manager of Gimnasia.
Considered something of a classic among Argentine fans, "El que no salta es un inglés" – roughly translating into "If you don't jump, you're an Englishman" – rang around the stadium.
Upon hearing the chant, Maradona immediately welled up and began moving in tune with the fans – who jump about while singing.
He even grabbed a microphone and fought back the tears while pledging to bring success to the club.
Fireworks and giant inflatables of the World Cup winner also adorned the celebratory Estadio Juan Carmelo Zerillo.
But while the Englishman chant does hark back to the 1986 World Cup, Gimnasia fans use it to mock former Manchester United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron.
Veron may be a largely uncontroversial figure in English football but the same cannot be said for his reputation back home.
A nightmare performance versus England in the 2002 World Cup led to the player being utterly lambasted, except at hometown club Estudiantes – Gimnasia's big rivals and currently where Veron sits as president.
Therefore it is a favourite stick for the side from La Plata to beat their neighbours with and Maradona happily joined in.
At the presentation, he told the crowd: "I won't miss one single training session
"Here you come to train and those who don't train, don't play. He who doesn't run, doesn't play."
Last season, Gimnasia finished 18th of 26 in the Argentine Primera Division but they are bottom in 2019/20 after picking up just one point from five games.
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