Posted: Sunday June 17, 2012 3:41PM ; Updated: Sunday June 17, 2012 3:41PM

Al Wasl: Maradona to remain as coach

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Dubai soccer club Al Wasl says Diego Maradona will remain as coach next season despite the loss in the GCC Champions League final that caused the entire board to resign.

Wasl Club chairman Mohammad Ahmad bin Fahad dismissed reports that Maradona had resigned as a "mistake." He said Maradona's future had not been discussed at the board meeting Sunday.

"Maradona is the head coach of Al Wasl and has the complete authority for the program," Bin Fahad said. "He will continue with us. There is no change in his position."

The Al Wasl board resigned Thursday without giving an explanation. It was led by Marwan bin Bayat, who was instrumental in signing Maradona to a two-year deal in May.

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