Maradona calls FIFA leaders 'dinosaurs'

Updated: June 4, 2011, 9:08 AM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Diego Maradona says corruption and match-fixing scandals that have hit FIFA will continue as long as the sport's governing body is run by "dinosaurs."

The Argentine was in Dubai on Saturday to sign a two-year contract to coach the local Dubai Al Wasl club.

Maradona said FIFA had been badly run over the years and attacked the re-relection of president Sepp Blatter "who has never kicked a football." Maradona said an ex-soccer player should be in charge but did not suggest anyone.

Maradona hasn't coached since leading his country to the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals. His contract was not renewed after the World Cup.

The Dubai club has not provided any details of the contract, and Maradona denied reports he is being paid $10 million.

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