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Football: Maradona appeals to EU over Italian $67m tax bill

Published on Feb 15, 2014 11:19 PM
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Former Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona (centre), his lawyer Angelo Pisani (left) and member of the European Parliament Crescenzio Rivellini (right) pose with an European Union flag after a news conference at the European Parliament office in Rome on Friday, Feb 14, 2014. Diego Maradona announced on Friday that he has asked the European Union (EU) to step in as arbitrator amid an ongoing feud with the Italian authorities over an alleged 39 million euros (S$67.4 million) in unpaid taxes. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - Diego Maradona announced on Friday that he has asked the European Union (EU) to step in as arbitrator amid an ongoing feud with the Italian authorities over an alleged 39 million euros (S$67.4 million) in unpaid taxes.

The Argentine football legend is accused of building up the huge tax bill during a spell playing in Italy where he led Napoli to their only two league titles, at the end of the 1980s and start of the 1990s.

In 2005, he was ordered to pay 37.2 million euros, 23.5 million euros of which were interest on the debt.

However Italian prosecutors resumed the trial from scratch in 2011 in what was seen as a victory by Maradona's lawyer in Italy, Angelo Pisani.

 
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