Paula Dapena threatened for protest of Maradona tribute before soccer match


Dapena, a midfielder for Viajes Interrias FF in Sanxenxo on the nation’s northwestern coast, was shocked and disenchanted after the demise of Maradona, whose life included battles with substance abuse and under no circumstances decrease than one allegation of residence violence.

“[The worldwide reaction] didn’t shock me on account of his earlier and his life with remedy; I used to be sincerely shocked that he had not died earlier to. The drug matter is extra prone to be very troublesome and ends many lives,” she acknowledged by way of a translator. “It bothers me significantly little little little bit of that he died on the 25th of November, which is the Worldwide Day for the Elimination of Violence Contained in the route of Women.”

Dapena has not been a sufferer of residence violence, though these near her are survivors. She was upset man alongside alongside alongside alongside together with his historic earlier dominated the airwaves on a day meant to attract consideration to abuse contained in the route of girls.

Dapena neither consider to protest Maradona nor the seedier elements of his off-field legacy. Nonetheless earlier to a Nov. 28 match contained in the route of Deportivo La Coruña, she was educated there typically is a minute-long second of silence to honor Maradona. Dapena thought-about the circumstances and former to she left the locker room settled on a gesture that may make an announcement and, she believed, be respectful contained in the route of people that wished to honor Maradona’s legacy.

When the referee generally called for the second of silence, she sat down and confronted away as her teammates bowed their heads to honor the soccer star.

Dapena’s teammates have been shocked. Some chuckled, some have been perplexed.

She instructed them what she would do upfront, nonetheless some didn’t anticipate her to try by way of. At halftime, she acknowledged the opposing coach inquired about her current and agreed alongside alongside collectively collectively together with her sentiment after she outlined her reasoning. Her crew backed the choice, too.

Dapena imagined her protest might change into amongst her 2,700 Instagram followers. Nonetheless by Sunday evening, she and her teammates started to amass demise and rape threats by way of Instagram, Twitter and Fb.

“The threats come to nothing on account of they’re of us behind a telephone. They’re nameless and so they additionally don’t have the braveness to diploma their face,” she acknowledged. “I observe the messages which could in all probability be supportive, which could in all probability be double or triple larger than the variety of threats.”

Politician Ana Pontón spoke to Dapena on WhatsApp, providing her help and a gathering with members of the Spanish parliament. Presently, as she spoke to her sister on the freeway, Dapena acknowledged she was acknowledged by a woman who acknowledged she agreed alongside alongside collectively collectively together with her protest.

That help has buttressed Dapena in a second when she’d like return to frequent, to pursuing a grasp’s diploma in bodily instructing, having pleasurable with by way of a schedule restricted by the coronavirus, and a life earlier to interviews and insults.

“I hope the well-known particular person goes down so …[I can] proceed my life with out of us insulting me on every day basis,” she acknowledged. “Nonetheless I hope I can proceed giving a voice to girls who really want it and earnings from the reality that I can do that correct now.”



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