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Police try to disperse people gathering in front of the Casa Rosada presidential palace to mourn the death of football legend Diego Maradona, in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 26, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Buenos Aires: Riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes Thursday with football fans near the site of a wake for Argentine football legend Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires.

Officials earlier ordered Maradona’s coffin to be moved to another room inside the presidential palace after fans took over an inner courtyard and disrupted his lying in state.

The government had early announced a three-hour extension to the wake to allow time for thousands of fans to pay their respects.