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Diego Maradona denies Italy tax fraud claims

Published on Feb 6, 2013 6:07 AM
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Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona said he was no fraudster in a video put out by his lawyer on Tuesday, as the former star disputes a claim that he owes Italian tax authorities millions of euros. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona said he was no fraudster in a video put out by his lawyer on Tuesday, as the former star disputes a claim that he owes Italian tax authorities millions of euros.

"I am not a tax fraudster. I played football and other people signed for me," Maradona, who played for Napoli, said in a video shot at his current residence in Dubai in which he spoke Italian.

"I am not afraid of returning to Italy," he said.

"I never signed anything. The people who are really responsible are free and can walk around calmly in Naples and I can't. That's not fair," he said.

 
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