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The long-awaited criminal trial of eight medical professionals accused of negligence in the death of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, initially set to start next week, has been postponed to October.

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Maradona, aged 60, died in November 2020 while recovering from brain surgery for a blood clot, following decades of battles with cocaine and alcohol addictions. He was found dead in bed two weeks after the surgery, in a rented house in an exclusive Buenos Aires neighborhood where he was brought after being discharged from the hospital. He died of a heart attack.

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Last April, an Argentine appeals court confirmed that neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, and six others, including nurses, would stand trial, rejecting an appeal. However, on Wednesday, a court suspended the trial, which was to start next Tuesday, to October 1, citing “a series of issues… that need to be resolved before the start of the hearings.”

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The same ruling denied, for the moment, the transfer of Maradona’s remains from a private cemetery, as requested by his daughters and girlfriend, who wish to move them to a mausoleum.

Prosecutors have accused the eight medical professionals of providing “reckless” and “deficient” home treatment to Maradona. A panel of 20 medical experts convened by Argentina’s public prosecutor concluded in 2021 that Maradona “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment in an appropriate medical facility.

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