Maradona denies £31.8m Italian tax evasion charges

The former Argentina international is alleged to owe a large sum of money, but hаs angrily rejected such suggestions and made clear that he intends to return to Naples one day
Maradona has pleaded his innocence over continued claims that he owes the Italian state €38 million (£31.7m) in unpaid taxes.

The Argentine legend, now Al Wasl coach, played for Napoli between 1984 and 1991, and has been accused of tax evasion by Italy's fiscal bodies.

However, Maradona has stated that he is not guilty of the charges, and wants to return to Naples in the near future.

"I'm not a tax evader. I hate tax evaders, and therefore I find this situation doubly bitter," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I am holding a judgment of 1994, which states that I do not owe anything; I have not figured out who has since changed the cards on the table and why. I do not know who has conjured this mess.

"I'm not on holiday in Dubai, I work. I will deal with this soon, however, because as I said I want to resolve the matter and return to Naples," he concluded.

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