After a noisy run-up, the coffin containing the body of Diego Maradona arrived on Thursday evening (Dutch time) at the cemetery in a suburb of Buenos Aires.

The Argentinian football legend, who died on Wednesday at the age of sixty after a cardiac arrest, will be buried in a closed circle on the night from Thursday to Friday.

Around 9:45 PM (Dutch time), the coffin containing Maradona's body was transported from the presidential palace to the Bella Vista cemetery in a suburb of Buenos Aires.

His parents are also buried there.

On the way, thousands of people lined up to pay their hero one last tribute.

The funeral procession was accompanied by dozens of police motorcycles and security guards, and several roads were closed off to bring Maradona to his final resting place as quickly as possible.

The ride to Jardín de Paz took more than an hour and was broadcast live on several Argentine news channels.

Immediately upon arrival, the gates of the cemetery were closed and shielded by dozens of officers.

The funeral procession attracted great interest from passers-by and fans.

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Riots in closing wake, officers use tear gas

Earlier in the day, riots broke out around the vigil in the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, where the football legend was laid out.

The police used tear grass and rubber bullets to maintain order.

The deceased footballer's family had to be evacuated.

In the palace, Argentines could say goodbye to Maradona from 10:00 am (Dutch time).

After the police announced that the doors of the Casa Rosada would close at 8 p.m. (Dutch time), disturbances broke out in various places in the Argentine capital and officers were pelted with stones.

Because of the disturbances, Maradona's family agreed to extend the vigil by three hours, but that did not bring peace back to Buenos Aires.

Thousands of fans feared not being able to get in on time and tried to reach the palace in all kinds of ways.

The local authorities then ended the vigil, which drew tens of thousands of people in the first hours.

Due to Maradona's death, the Argentine government declared three days of national mourning on Wednesday.

Maradona, who was active as a player from 1976 to 1997, is seen by many as the best footballer of all time.


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