Villas-Boas has joined the long list of those affected by the news of Diego Armando Maradona’s death on Wednesday.
The 60-year-old sadly passed away in his native Argentina after suffering a cardiac arrest. Villas-Boas has asked FIFA to remove No.10 shirts from all competitions and for all teams across all of its professional leagues out of respect for Maradona.
“This is bad news,” Villas-Boas said. “I also lost a board member [at Porto] who was very important to me. He was the first person who opened the door to the world of coaching for me.
“[Maradona’s] death is really bad news, and I would like FIFA to withdraw the No.10 shirt in all competitions and for all teams. This would be the best tribute we could give to him. It is an incredible loss for the world of football.” The Marseille boss was speaking after his side’s 2-0 home defeat to Porto on Matchday 4 of the Champions League. Marseille’s loss was their 13th in a row in the Champions League, which is a new competition record. Villas-Boas is the latest manager to express his condolences after the death of one of football’s greatest-ever players.