Diego Maradona wins tax battle in Italy

An Italian court in 2005 ordered Maradona to pay 37.2 million euros, 23.5 million of which was interest, after being accused of tax evasion. The case was relaunched in 2011 due to a series of procedural errors.

updated: February 02, 2013 00:06 IST
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Milan: 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.

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).

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.

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