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Italian tax police take Maradona's earrings

world Updated: Sep 20, 2009 00:25 IST

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Italian tax police took Argentina coach Diego Maradona's earrings as part payment for his unpaid tax bill from when he played for Napoli in the 1980s. The command office of the Bolzano Provincial Tax Police said Maradona handed over the pair of earrings, worth euro 4,000 ($ 5,900).

They did not say if he was wearing them when they met him at the Grand Hotel Palace in Merano, which boasts an exclusive beauty farm in its grounds.

The tax police in the capital of the South Tyrol, or Alto Adige region, declined to describe the earrings, but Italian network Sky TG24 reported they contained diamonds.

Maradona played for Napoli from 1984 to 1991, helping the club win its only two Serie A championships, the UEFA Cup and the Italian Cup.

The Italian news agency ANSA said his tax bill stands at euro 37 million (more than USD 54 million).

It's not the first time Maradona has surrendered some of his jewelry when visiting in Italy.

Three years ago, tax police took two Rolex watches from him when he went to a Naples suburb for a news conference and benefit appearance.

Bolzano police described Maradona as a regular visitor of the Italian Alpine region's resorts.

Maradona, 48, and overweight, came to the hotel beauty farm to be treated for weight gain and stress, according to his doctor.