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Football: Maradona appeals to EU over Italian 39m euro tax bill

Diego Maradona announced Friday he has asked the European Union (EU) to step in as arbitrator amid an ongoing feud with the Italian authorities over an alleged 39m euros in unpaid taxes. The Argentine football legend is accused of building up the huge tax bill during a spell playing in Italy where he led Napoli to their only two league titles, at the end of the 1980s and start of the 1990s. In 2005, he was ordered to pay 37.2 million euros, 23.5 million euros of which were interest on the debt.

Football: Maradona served with 39m-euro tax bill in Italy

Italian tax agents have served football legend Diego Maradona with papers over a 39-million-euro ($53-million) debt that the feisty Argentinian disputes, ANSA news agency reported on Friday. Maradona was in Milan for an event organised by best-selling sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport for the publication of a DVD collection on his life. A source at the Equitalia tax recovery agency said the move was simply formal procedure since the papers only have a 180-day validity and therefore have to be renewed whenever Maradona is in Italy.

Maradona gets eye op in Argentina

Football legend Diego Maradona underwent successful eye surgery on Tuesday, his surgeon said. Maradona, 52, underwent surgery to correct presbyopia, age-related loss of ability to focus on close-by objects, in the western Argentine city of Mendoza. "Maradona was fine, it was a normal routine presbyopia procedure we do. He did well; he's a great patient," surgeon Roberto Zaldivar told reporters. Maradona was expected to undergo a checkup before returning to Buenos Aires and then on to Dubai where he is a sports ambassador. ol/mdl/pvh

"Hand of God" brings Argentina pope: Maradona

ROME (Reuters) - The same "hand of God" brought the papacy to Argentina as helped it to the 1986 World Cup, says Diego Maradona, the football legend whose famously illicit, handled goal against England still excites passions at home and abroad. In a letter to Rome's Il Messaggero newspaper on Wednesday from his base in Dubai, Maradona, 52, described himself as a devout Roman Catholic and said he rejoiced at the election of his compatriot Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis.

Football: Montpellier hope to start Maradona negotiations

Outspoken Montpellier president Louis Nicollin told AFP on Friday that he hopes to speak to Argentine legend Diego Maradona about taking over as coach at the club next season. The French side, who won the Ligue 1 title last season for the first time in their history, are on the lookout for somebody to replace Rene Girard, who has been in charge since 2009 but will leave in the summer when his contract expires. Nicollin, who often courts attention with his outrageous comments, made headlines on Monday when he told RMC radio that he was keen to recruit Maradona "to annoy PSG."

Football: Maradona asks for 'justice' on Italy trip

Football legend Diego Maradona on Tuesday asked for "justice" in his dispute with Italian tax authorities on an emotional trip to Naples -- the scene of some of his greatest career successes. "I haven't killed anyone, I've just come to ask for justice," Maradona said at a press conference, saying he had been a "victim" of swindlers and revealing that he wanted to meet Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to discuss his tax difficulties. "I can explain everything to him," the former attacking midfielder said.

Football: Maradona ends Italian exile

Diego Maradona on Monday ended his more than two-decade exile from Italy, where he famously led Napoli to their sole titles in the Serie A football championship. The Argentine World Cup winner had not stepped foot in Italy since the 1990s when he left under a cloud amid claims of collusion with mafia dons and a positive drugs test for cocaine. It was later claimed by the Italian authorities that Maradona owed the state millions of euros (dollars, pounds) in unpaid taxes.

Football: Maradona a father for the fourth time

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has become a father for the fourth time, after his former partner gave birth to a son in a private clinic in Buenos Aires, the woman's lawyer said on Thursday. "Both the baby and Veronica (Ojeda, Maradona's former partner) are in good health, they are doing very well and are accompanied by the mother's sister and her family," lawyer Jorge Auruccio told journalists outside the clinic. Auruccio said that the baby, named Diego Fernando, was born at 11:57 pm local time on Wednesday (0257 GMT Thursday) and weighed 3.2 kg (7lbs).

Football: Italian authorities reject Maradona tax claim

The Italian tax authorities on Friday denied claims that Diego Maradona had won his right to return to the country after being cleared of owing nearly 40 million euros in unpaid taxes. The former Napoli and Argentina footballer's lawyer had earlier said that the long-running case against his client had been dropped, lifting the ban on him travelling to the country.

Football: Maradona wins tax battle in Italy

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has won a lengthy battle with the Italian tax authorities over a bill of close to 40 million euros ($55 million), reports said Friday. Maradona had been banned from entering Italy, where he played for Napoli, because he allegedly owed 37.2 million euros, 23.5 million of which was interest accrued, in tax. However Maradona's lawyer, Angelo Pisani, told the Italian news agency ANSA that Maradona "can now return to Italy as a free man". jd/ak
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