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Maradona hits ex-beauty queen

If the complaint by Tumata Vaimarae stands up, Maradona could spend up to three years in jail.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 18:21 IST
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A former beauty queen in the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora has filed a complaint against Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona, saying he threw a glass at her in a nightclub causing an injury that required eight stitches, the local prosecutor has said.

If the complaint by Tumata Vaimarae stands up, Maradona could spend up to three years in jail.

The incident took place over the weekend in the island's Club Med resort.

Maradona has been vacationing on Bora Bora for the last fortnight with his daughter Gianina, his niece and one of her friends.

Papeete prosecutor Jean Bianconi yesterday said there were two altercations on the night in question, "the first between the victim and Gianina, and a second during which the glass was thrown by Maradona."

Witnesses, including club staff and management said the man voted best footballer of the century in 2000 had until the incident been "a model guest, charming, calm and not very demanding."

In December, Maradona was briefly arrested by police at Rio de Janeiro airport for causing a disturbance after missing his flight to Buenos Aires.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 18:21 IST