PRETORIA (AFP) Argentina coach Diego Maradona hit out at Brazilian legend Pele and UEFA president Michel Platini as the war of words between the former playing greats continued on Wednesday. Maradona was speaking to the press at the Loftus Versfeld stadium here on the eve of the South Americans second World Cup Group B match against South Korea in Johannesburg on Thursday. But it was Pele and Platini rather than the likes of Park Ji-Sung who seem to be concerning Maradona more. A couple of days ago Pele was quoted in the Brazilian press as suggesting that Argentinas appointment of Maradona was a mistake and that the former superstar only took the job because he needed the money. Im not surprised, Pele should go back to the museum, was Maradonas retort before he also took a pop at former France star Platini, who a few months ago had insinuated that Maradona was a great player but not a great coach. As for Platini, Im not surprised because I always had a distant relationship with him, we would just say hi and goodbye. But we know what the French are like and Platini is French, he believes hes better than the rest of us. Maradona was asked about the lack of goals and excitement in this World Cup and once again he turned on both Pele and Platini, as well as the official Jabulani ball. Well personally Im having a wonderful time, the World Cup is something amazing and Im not worried about the fact that there have been few goals, he said. Im sure well have goals, the players will see to that. Of course in the first matches youre more careful perhaps than you should be. Teams study and analyse each other, thats why there are fewer goals. Another issue is the ball, although I dont want to go into that because everyone is talking about it. But its important and it does play a part and Id ask Pele and Platini to go and play with it and take a look at the ball and stop talking about me. Looking forward to Thursdays match, Maradona brushed aside the threat posed by the Koreans, despite their 2-0 win over Greece in their opener. With all due respect, you dont have a (Lionel) Messi, he said in response to a Korean journalists question about who the Asians equivalent player would be. South Korea are based on a very strong collective block, theyre very fast, theyre an excellent team and should be respected, but we are going to win the match. Maradona did reveal, though, that he is worried about the physical challenge the Koreans may bring to the match, a slightly ironic concern for a coach whose first choice centre-back pairing are the muscular duo Walter Samuel and Nicolas Burdisso. The referees have a lot to answer for if you want to see a match where the stars wont be hampered, said Maradona, who voiced similar concerns before the opening match against Nigeria. If Korea do something to Messi or (Carlos) Tevez theyll have to get a yellow card and the second time theyll be off. We came here to see wonderful football and those who dont want to see that can go home. Were here to see the likes of Messi and Kaka and thats great, we dont want the spectacle to be affected. Referees have to be strict, they have to pull out the yellow card, weve got to be careful with this. We dont want it to be too rough, you dont want to risk your life. You have to play a fair match, we dont want to break any legs. Maradona also revealed that he has left out veteran midfielder Juan Sebastien Veron in favour of Maxi Rodriguez for the match as he doesnt want Veron to aggravate a calf injury he is carrying.