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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Football

Maradona to have assets frozen by Italian tax officials
ANI
London, October 21, 2013
First Published: 00:11 IST(21/10/2013)
Last Updated: 01:27 IST(21/10/2013)
Argentina's Soccer coach Diego Maradona gestures as he attends a stone laying ceremony for Indian School of Football in Kolkata.

Italian tax officials have informed Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona that his assets will be frozen to help repay 33 million pounds of debt.

According to Sky News, Equitalia, Italy’s tax collection agency, served Maradona the legal papers while he was staying at a hotel in Milan.

Napoli trail

Maradona’s debt stems from his time at Italian club Napoli when he guided the team to its only two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.

Maradona is best remembered in the UK for scoring the controversial ‘Hand of God’ goal in Argentina’s 2-1 World Cup win over England in 1986, the report added.

Previously Maradona has refused to pay the debt, claiming it was the club’s responsibility, the report further said.

Italian officials have used a variety of unconventional tactics to get the money back, according to the report.

These have included seizing Rolex watches at public events and confiscating expensive earrings while he attended a weight loss clinic, the report mentioned.

His fellow Argentine Lionel Messi is another high-profile footballer to run into legal problems over tax evasion.

Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and is recognised as the best player in the world, owes the Spanish government £3.4m in unpaid taxes.


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