Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Soccer: Maradona pleads to Italian politicians over tax case

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Rome, February 5 - Former Argentina soccer great
Diego Maradona has appealed to Italy's politicians to intervene
in his dispute with the Italian tax authorities.
The Italian inland revenue agency says Maradona owes around
40 million euros for unpaid taxes on off-the-books earnings in
sponsorship and merchandising deals during his 1984-1991 sting
at Napoli.
Last week the ex-player's lawyer said a tax commission had
cancelled the debt, but the inland revenue agency subsequently
said this was not true.
Maradona, who is revered in Naples for helping the city's
soccer team to win two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup, had a
diamond-studded earring and a Rolex watch seized, among other
assets, on past visits to Italy.
"I'm not a tax evader. I never have been because I only
played soccer," Maradona said in a video message released by his
lawyer.
"I cannot freely return to Naples with peace of mind and
this is not right," he added, appearing close to tears.
"I appeal to the politicians. I didn't steal anything. If I
did things wrong, it was about other stuff. I want to return to
Naples freely.
"They haven't got evidence to come after me or to persecute
me. I ask all the Italian politicians to look closely at who is
behind all this.
"They are robbing me of the chance to see again the people
of Naples, who I love".

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