Diego Maradona, scorer of the infamous 'Hand of God' goal against England in 1986, has made a plea for fair play at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"Let there really be fair play, let the referees understand what the words fair play mean," said the Argentina coach.
The Fifa fair play banner will be carried on to the pitch before every match by a quartet of boys.
"Let's not abandon the little boys," said Maradona, whose side open their campaign against Nigeria on Saturday.
Maradona described the Super Eagles as "rough and hard", adding that his players were "prepared for that".
World Cup 1986 - 'Hand of God' beats England
Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory 24 years ago and to the final four years later, claimed to have experienced the unsporting side of the tournament in the opening game of the 1990 event.
"When the fair play [slogan] was introduced in 1990 I was kicked so hard they almost knocked my head off against Cameroon," Maradona said.
Cameroon beat Argentina 1-0 but had two players sent off in a bruising encounter.
"And we had to swallow the yellow card of [Claudio] Caniggia's hand ball and compared with the kick I got from Cameroon, he was Heidi," said Maradona, alluding to the young girl protagonist of Swiss children's books.
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