Chilean Journo Arrested In Ukraine Set Free Thanks To Maradona Tattoo And He Now Credits Release To Hand Of God - ViralTab

Chilean Journo Arrested In Ukraine Set Free Thanks To Maradona Tattoo And He Now Credits Release To Hand Of God

A Chilean journalist who was detained in Ukraine has claimed that he was only set free after cops saw his colleague’s Maradona tattoo – and he now credits his release to “the hand of God”.

Foreign correspondent Daniel Matamala was in Ukraine covering Russia’s invasion when he and his team were arrested at a police checkpoint and taken to a police station.

He took to Instagram Stories to report: “Today, at one of the checkpoints along the route, the police seized our documents, cameras, telephones, and sent us to the police station. The first interrogations were tense: it is a country at war and spies or saboteurs are suspected.”

Chilean journalist Daniel Matamala was arrested at a police checkpoint and escorted to the police station in Ukraine, but was saved by a Diego Maradona tattoo. (@daniel_m_t/Newsflash)

The tension reportedly increased, as the journalists and the Ukrainian police could not understand each other.

Matamala added: “Until one of the policemen saw my Argentine colleagues’ passports and among a load of words in Ukrainian, he said two that we understood: ‘Messi’, ‘Maradona’. That’s when everything changed. Our great cameraman showed that he has a tattoo of Diego Maradona on his calf.”

That was apparently reason enough for the Ukrainian cops to let the journalists on their way, with Matamala adding: So they set us free and gave us our equipment back. We were saved by the hand of God.”

Chilean journalist Daniel Matamala was arrested at a police checkpoint and escorted to the police station in Ukraine, but was saved by a Diego Maradona tattoo. (@daniel_m_t/Newsflash)

The ‘hand of God’ was a goal scored by the late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona with his hand against England in the 1986 World Cup.

Though illegal under football rules, the referees did not have a clear view of the play and, as such, awarded it.

Argentina would go on to win the match 2-1. They would then go on to lift the World Cup trophy.

Chilean journalist Daniel Matamala was arrested at a police checkpoint and escorted to the police station in Ukraine, but was saved by a Diego Maradona tattoo. (@daniel_m_t/Newsflash)

Kyiv has dubbed alleged Russian agents inside Ukraine “saboteurs”. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has claimed saboteurs are in the Ukrainian capital and are looking for him to kill him.