EARLY morning queues swarmed outside Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld stadium – not to claim early seats for the hosts’ match tonight, but to see the World Cup’s other main attraction instead.
Yes, Diego Maradona was giving a Press conference – yet only 200 hacks could squeeze inside, many more cursing outdoors with a petulance of which he might well approve.
But those who did get in escaped any repeat of the ‘suck it and keep on sucking it’ onslaught which last year earned him a two-month Fifa ban.
In fact, the newly-mellow Maradona - well, his digs against Platini and Pele aside - even serenaded one journalist with a Spanish chorus of ‘Happy birthday to you’.
Quite the Argentine charmer – even if the man claiming the ‘hand of God’ doesn’t quite have the voice of angel to go with it.