He could dazzle with his feet, and occasionally his hand, but Maradona’s mouth has never been quite so talented.

Certainly, Fifa have taken exception to what came out of it after Maradona had seen his Argentina side beat Uruguay to qualify for next summer’s World Cup finals.

Maradona, who had been criticised by the media before the game, let fly with a foul-mouthed tirade which was broadcast live on television.

The ban will run from 15th November to 15th January 2010, which means he will miss the World Cup draw on 4th December.

He could also miss a home international friendly against the Czech Republic scheduled for 16th December at a so-far unspecified venue, though his role as coach at the World Cup will not be affected.

Maradona, who attended the three-hour disciplinary committee hearing in Zurich, was also fined £15,000.

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