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Maradona leaving UAE team after missing automatic…

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Diego Maradona has left his coaching job in the United Arab Emirates after the team he was in charge of failed to win automatic promotion to the premier division.

The former Argentina World Cup winner was managing UAE first division club Al Fujairah, who were bidding for a place in the Arabian Gulf League, the UAE’s top flight.

A 1-1 draw with Khorfakkan on Friday meant that Al Fujairah could not finish any higher than third place, missing out on automatic promotion, but still with a chance of going up via a two-leg playoff.

After the match, Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla confirmed he was leaving the club.

‘After today’s draw and not having achieved the goal of ascending (promotion) to Fujairah, Diego Maradona will no longer be the team coach. The decision was made in common agreement and Diego leaves the team in repechage situation and wishing the best to the club that opened its doors,” Moria tweeted in Spanish.

Maradona, 57, joined Al Fujairah in 2017 on a one-year contract, which included an extension clause if the team won promotion.

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