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Published on Feb 01, 2013
 

Football: Italy tax authority denies Maradona pardon

 
 

ROME (REUTERS) - Diego Maradona has not been pardoned over tax debts, the Italian revenue agency said on Friday, denying an earlier announcement by the football great's lawyer that his tax bill had been cleared.

"The central tax commission has not cancelled, or declared null, or altered the debt that Mr Diego Maradona has with the Italian tax authorities," an agency statement said.

Earlier on Friday Maradona's lawyer Angelo Pisani told Italian television the tax body had cleared his client of a tax bill of almost 40 million euros (S$66.84 million), of which 36 million was interest built up since 1984, when Maradona joined Serie A club Napoli.

"There is a sentence from the central commission... that confirms the annulment of the fiscal scrutiny against Maradona," Pisani said.