Paula Dapena, 24, a player for the Viajes Interrías FF club (3rd Spanish women's division), refused to pay tribute to Diego Maradona as a feminist gesture in a friendly against Deportivo de La Coruña (1st) in
, with victory for the second 10-0 in a friendly match.
While her teammates and their opponents stood in line to observe a minute of silence in tribute to the soccer legend, Paula Dapena sat with her back to the stands, in the opposite direction to her teammates, as a gesture visible disagreement.
"For the victims, a minute of silence was not kept, so obviously I am not willing to keep a minute of silence for an abuser and that it should not be done for the victims," the soccer player explained to the Galician web newspaper 'Pontevedra Viva', alluding to the recent International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women (November 25), which did not motivate any similar gesture.
Paula Dapena reproaches
his treatment of women and had announced that he was going to make a gesture to express his disagreement, after learning that that minute of silence was going to take place.
He acknowledged the "spectacular soccer qualities and abilities" of the Argentine star, but says that "you cannot forgive all the atrocities he committed" off the pitch.
"To be a player, you have to be first person and have values beyond skills," he said in his statements to 'Pontevedra Viva'.
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