Diego Maradona plays down Juan Sebastian Veron clash

Diego Maradona doesn't want to make a big deal about his clash with Juan Sebastian Veron at Wednesday's Match for Peace.

In a charity match designed to promote peace and honouring Pope Francis at Rome's Olympic Stadium, the two Argentines bumped into each other and Maradona fell over.

Maradona had to be held back by ex-Brazil defender Cafu after he pointed the finger at Veron and attempted to pursue him.

They argued as they walked off the pitch at half-time, with Maradona the more animated of the two sparking social media commentary about the irony of needing the intervention of security staff to separate the pair.

But Maradona played down the incident.

"What happened with Veron stays between us, I'm not supposed to talk about a player who I always admired a lot," the Argentina legend said.

Veron, however, shook off their latest clash as "nothing.''

The Match of Peace, arranged by the pope, featured an array of retired legends and current stars including Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti, Edgar Davids, Hernan Crespo and Bojan Krkic.

Veron, who played under Maradona at the 2010 World Cup, was heavily critical of his management after that tournament and there was another public spat when the 1986 World Cup winner had hoped to return to the national team setup in July.

Maradona's team lost the charity game in Rome's Stadio Olimpico 4-3 with Fernando Cavenaghi scoring the winning goal. Antonio Di Natale had put Maradona's team in front before Frederic Kanoute levelled.

Both Ronaldinho and Maradona had an audience with Pope Francis prior to the match.

In his message, the Argentine pope stressed that "peace can be achieved through playing sports," and he thanked the players for "spreading peace through sport."