Mourners clash with police as Diego Maradona’s coffin is driven to the football legend’s funeral.

MOURNERS lined the streets of Buenos Aires as Diego Maradona's coffin was driven to the football legend's funeral yesterday.

Grieving supporters sobbed and climbed on each other's shoulders as the hearse drove past them guarded by a police escort.

Maradona was laid to rest next to his parents Dalma and Diego at the Jardin de Paz cemetery in the capital Thursday.

A small group of family and friends carried his casket with the flag of Argentina draped over it into the cemetery.

About a dozen people were gathered for the private religious service and burial.

His body was meant to lie in state for three days at the presidential palace after Argentina's president Alberto Fernandez declared three days of mourning for Maradona.

But Maradona's service was brought forward as a request of his family.

Earlier on Thursday, heartbroken fans clashed with police as they scrambled to get a glimpse of the ex-Napoli star's casket.

Grief and passion boiled over as crowds broke through barriers and brawled with riot police near the presidential palace.

Pictures also show hordes of tearful fans surrounding a white hearse last night as they desperately hoped for a glimpse of their hero's final journey through the capital.

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