Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Maradona has not won tax dispute, inland revenue agency says


Rome, February 1 - The Italian inland revenue
agency on Friday denied that Argentine soccer great Diego
Maradona had won a 40-million-euro dispute.
"The commission has neither annulled, nor closed, nor
adjusted the debt that Mr. Diego Armando Maradona has with the
agency," said the Agenzia delle Entrate.
Contrary to statements from Maradona's lawyer Friday, the
agency says the footballer owes them money for unpaid taxes on
off-the-books earnings in sponsorship and merchandising deals
from his time at Napoli.
The agency said that Maradona's lawyer had misinterpreted
a ruling that pardons soccer club Napoli, but not its players.
One of Maradona's lawyers, Angelo Pisani, said earlier on
Friday that a court had ruled that tax checks run on the time
Maradona played for Italian club between 1984 and 1991 were
invalid and therefore he could now "return to Italy a free man".
Maradona is revered in Naples for helping the city's
soccer team to win two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup.
The former player had a diamond-studded earring and a
Rolex watch seized, among other assets, on past visits to Italy.
Maradona said last year that he felt persecuted by the
Italian tax authorities. "Every time I return I have a horrible
feeling. I'm angry with the Italian tax authorities, who make me
feel like a thief, a fraudster," he said.
"I've never stolen anything from Italy or the Italian
people. I just gave joy and fun on the field".
Maradona said the tax debt was not down to him but to
Napoli club officials who "did things on the sly".
During his time with Napoli Maradona also helped Argentina
to win the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous 'Hand of God' goal
and the most highly voted 'best goal ever' against England along
the way.
The tax ruling also applies to disputes with two other
former Napoli players, Brazilians Careca and Alemao, Pisani

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