When Diego Maradona threatened to have Oasis shot

25 November 2021, 18:46

Oasis and Diego Marandona
Liam Gallagher once recalled how Diego Marandona threatened to have Oasis shot. Picture: 1. Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty Images 2. Mark Leech/Offside/Getty Images
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As we mark one year from the legendary footballer's passing, we look back at Liam Gallagher's outrageous story about meeting the man.

One year ago, the legendary Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona, died on 25 November 2020, aged 60 years old.

Dubbed one of the greatest players of all time, Maradona played for Napoli and Barcelona and was responsible for the infamous "Hand Of God" incident that led to England being kicked out of the World Cup in 1986. His other goal in that match is widely regarded as the greatest ever.

Diego Maradona outjumps England goalkeeper Peter Shilton to score with his 'Hand of God' goal at the 1986 World Cup
Diego Maradona outjumps England goalkeeper Peter Shilton to score with his 'Hand of God' goal at the 1986 World Cup. Picture: Allsport/Getty Images

The world is paying tribute to the man one year on from his passing, but some of the more colourful episodes in his life are also being recalled - including a particularly outrageous incident in which Liam Gallagher claimed the sportsman threatened to have him and brother Noel "shot".

Diego Maradona in November 2019
Diego Maradona in November 2019. Picture: Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

Back in 2017, Liam told Noisey about the time Oasis were performing in Argentina. After the show, the band were relaxing in the bar when a large group of people suddenly appeared.

“We were going ‘Who the f**king hell’s that?’," recalled Liam. "We found out it was Maradona.

"He’d gone upstairs with a load of f**king madheads and all these women of the night. We were going like, can we go up and meet him? Like that, to the interpreter. And the interpreter said 'Alright cool, let me go and square it with them'."

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The interpreter came back and told the group that "only the Gallagher brothers" were allowed to join the Maradona party.

Liam went on: “We steamed up there and we got in there and there’s loads of... activity going on. Maradona’s in the middle of the room doing f**king football tricks with a bottle top. He’s sweating his bollocks off.

“His eyes were f**king like that [Liam makes "really big" gesture]. Ours weren’t far off.

"I was going, ‘It’s a bit moody in here, let’s get a quick picture with him and we'll f**k off."

Maradona said something to the interpreter, so the Gallagher brothers asked what it was the legend had communicated.

The interpreter apparently said: "He told me to tell you, if yous leave with any of these b*tches, he’ll have you shot."

So the Gallaghers said: "Right."

Needless to say, both Gallagher brothers left the building unscathed.