Diego Maradona http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29065/all en Football: Maradona wins tax battle in Italy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/football-maradona-wins-tax-battle-italy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>However Maradona's lawyer, Angelo Pisani, told the Italian news agency ANSA that Maradona "can now return to Italy as a free man".</p> <p>jd/ak</p> Association football Diego Maradona Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:00:25 +0000 5742743 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Maradona wins tax battle in Italy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/football-maradona-wins-tax-battle-italy-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has won his right to return to Italy after being cleared of owing nearly 40 million euros in taxes, reports said on Friday.</p> <p>Maradona, the World Cup winner who helped Napoli to their only two league titles in Serie A in 1987 and 1990, had been banned from setting foot in Italy because of an alleged unpaid tax bill of 37.2 million euros ($50.5 million, 32 million pounds).</p> <p>The former player's lawyer, Angelo Pisani, on Friday said his client had been cleared, two years after the authorities relaunched the case, which dates back to 2005.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/football-maradona-wins-tax-battle-italy-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Business Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup Football in Italy Labor Law AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:00:40 +0000 5742800 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Soccer-Italy tax authority denies Maradona pardon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/soccer-maradona-cleared-italy-tax-evasion-lawyer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(recasts with tax agency denial)</p> <p>ROME, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Diego Maradona has not been pardoned over tax debts, the Italian revenue agency said on Friday, denying an earlier announcement by the soccer great's lawyer that his tax bill had been cleared.</p> <p>"The central tax commission has not cancelled, or declared null, or altered the debt that Mr. Diego Maradona has with the Italian tax authorities," an agency statement said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/soccer-maradona-cleared-italy-tax-evasion-lawyer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona Entertainment FIFA World Cup Sports Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:01:20 +0000 5742884 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Italian authorities reject Maradona tax claim http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/football-italian-authorities-reject-maradona-tax-claim <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/football-italian-authorities-reject-maradona-tax-claim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:00:51 +0000 5743553 at http://www.globalpost.com Diego Maradona denies Italy tax fraud claims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/diego-maradona-denies-italy-tax-fraud-claims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona said he was no fraudster in a video put out by his lawyer on Tuesday, as the former star disputes a claim that he owes Italian tax authorities millions of euros (dollars).</p> <p>"I am not a tax fraudster. I played football and other people signed for me," Maradona, who played for Napoli, said in a video shot at his current residence in Dubai in which he spoke Italian.</p> <p>"I am not afraid of returning to Italy," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/diego-maradona-denies-italy-tax-fraud-claims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona FIFA 100 FIFA World Cup Human Interest AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:01:00 +0000 5746616 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Maradona dreams of son playing with Messi and Aguero boys http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/soccer-maradona-dreams-son-playing-messi-and-aguero-boys <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BUENOS AIRES, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Diego Maradona dreams of seeing his newborn son Diego Fernando playing for Argentina with the offspring of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, he said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Maradona's former girlfriend Victoria Ojeda gave birth to Diego Fernando in Buenos Aires last week. Messi's son is 3-1/2 months old while Aguero's boy was four on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/soccer-maradona-dreams-son-playing-messi-and-aguero-boys" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup Sports Thomson Reuters Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:30:05 +0000 5760463 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Maradona returns to Italy despite tax storm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/football-maradona-returns-italy-despite-tax-storm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Diego Maradona returns to Italy on Monday where he will again find himself facing questions over allegations that he owes millions of euros in taxes.</p> <p>The Argentine World Cup winner, still an idol in Italy after leading Napoli to Serie A titles more than 20 years ago, will watch his former club in Udinese and then give a news conference on Tuesday.</p> <p>Maradona was convicted in 2005 and ordered to pay 37.2 million euros ($50.4 million), including 23.5 million euros in interest for late payments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/football-maradona-returns-italy-despite-tax-storm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona FIFA 100 FIFA World Cup Human Interest Italy AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 20:15:45 +0000 5765298 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Maradona ends Italian exile http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/football-maradona-ends-italian-exile <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>It was later claimed by the Italian authorities that Maradona owed the state millions of euros (dollars, pounds) in unpaid taxes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/football-maradona-ends-italian-exile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:00:41 +0000 5765999 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Maradona ends Italian exile http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/football-maradona-ends-italian-exile-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Diego Maradona on Monday ended his controversial exile from Italy, where he famously led Napoli to their sole titles in the Serie A football championship.</p> <p>The Argentine World Cup winner had rarely stepped foot in Italy since leaving under a cloud in the 1990s amid claims of collusion with mafia dons and a positive drugs test for cocaine.</p> <p>It was later claimed by the Italian authorities that Maradona owed the state millions of euros (dollars, pounds) in unpaid taxes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/football-maradona-ends-italian-exile-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup Football in Italy AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:16:34 +0000 5766012 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Maradona asks for 'justice' on Italy trip http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/football-maradona-asks-justice-italy-trip <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>"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.</p> <p>"I can explain everything to him," the former attacking midfielder said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/football-maradona-asks-justice-italy-trip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup Italy AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:17:42 +0000 5766941 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Maradona denies he owes tax on return to Naples http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/soccer-maradona-denies-he-owes-tax-return-naples <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NAPLES, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona denied he owed millions of euros in unpaid Italian taxes on Tuesday after he was mobbed by media and fans on his return to Naples where he twice led the local team to league titles.</p> <p>The tax collection agency says it is owed almost 40 million euros ($52.3 million) by the former World Cup winner, most of which is interest built up since 1984 when he joined Serie A club Napoli.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/soccer-maradona-denies-he-owes-tax-return-naples" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona FIFA 100 FIFA World Cup Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:30:39 +0000 5767642 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Montpellier hope to start Maradona negotiations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/football-montpellier-hope-start-maradona-negotiations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/football-montpellier-hope-start-maradona-negotiations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup AFP Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:01:16 +0000 5777353 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Hand of God' delivered Argentine pope: Maradona http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/hand-god-delivered-argentine-pope-maradona <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Argentine football legend Diego Maradona says the fabled "hand of God" was at work once more in delivering the papacy to his country.</p> <p>"What joy," Maradona wrote to Italian daily Il Messaggero. "In my country the 'hand of God' has now brought about an Argentine pope."</p> <p>Maradona, whose handball goal helped Argentina to beat England and pave the way to World Cup glory in 1986, described himself as a "fervent Catholic".</p> <p>"Having a pope from our country is a great honour for all of Argentina," he wrote in the letter published Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/hand-god-delivered-argentine-pope-maradona" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup Religion Sports AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:01:45 +0000 5783438 at http://www.globalpost.com "Hand of God" brings Argentina pope: Maradona http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130325/hand-god-brings-argentina-pope-maradona <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130325/hand-god-brings-argentina-pope-maradona" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Diego Maradona Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:16:34 +0000 5793493 at http://www.globalpost.com Fidel Castro meets football great Maradona http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130415/fidel-castro-meets-football-great-maradona <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Fidel Castro, the retired leader of the Cuban Revolution, met with Argentine football great Diego Maradona on Saturday, the official media said Monday.</p> <p>"The exchange between the two old friends was fruitful," the official Cuban Granma daily reported, describing the gathering as "brotherly" and "cheerful."</p> <p>The newspaper also published photos taken by one of Castro's sons.</p> <p>Castro, 86, turned over Cuba's presidency to his brother Raul in July 2006 after falling ill, and his public appearances since then have been rare.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130415/fidel-castro-meets-football-great-maradona" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Cuban Revolution Diego Maradona FIFA World Cup AFP Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:20:41 +0000 5816413 at http://www.globalpost.com