Over the weekend, Colombia’s Ministry of Culture announced that soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona will take to the pitch to promote a peaceful resolution to Colombia’s ongoing conflict –the longest-running civil war on the planet.
Maradona’s appearance will be a big show of support for the peace talks between the Colombian Government and the country’s largest left-wing rebel group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). He’s kind of an interesting choice to promote peace, given his history of domestic violence and cocaine abuse, but okay.
The game, part of Colombia’s Summit of Arts and Culture for Peace, is scheduled to take place April 10 at Bogotá’s Estadio de Techo, and will also include a roster of Colombian players.
The Summit of Arts and Culture for Peace in Colombia will run until April 12th, and also include concerts by renowned artists and other cultural events.
The Colombian government and Farc are trying to end more than half a century of armed conflict. Peace talks began November of 2012 in La Havana, Cuba.