• Italy's news in English
 
app_header_v3

New evidence 'clears' Maradona in tax probe

The Local · 30 Jul 2014, 17:38

Published: 30 Jul 2014 17:38 GMT+02:00

The alleged €39 million unpaid tax bill dates back to when Maradona played for Napoli between 1984 and 1991, Pisani said.

Tax agents began procedures to freeze his assets in Italy over the debt last October.

Equitalia said in a letter addressed to Maradona on May 30th, and seen by The Local, that it had suspended foreclosure procedures "pending further notice". The tax court in Naples ordered that suspension on Wednesday, a move Pisani said was based on new evidence that shows “no tax violation” ever existed against Maradona.

"Finally there will be truth on the Maradona case", he said, adding that the “ambush” of the footballer by the tax agents started in 2001, “when they hunted him down on the steps of an aircraft, before he even set foot on Italian soil”.

Maradona, who is now a sports ambassador for the United Arab Emirates, also had two Rolex watches and a diamond earring confiscated in a hotel room during a visit to Italy in 2003.

“It seems that today, everything is clear and the ordeal has ended,” Pisani said.

Pisani added that Maradona was a man who had “caught the imagination of Neopolitans” but was instead “treated like a criminal".

“It seems impossible, but the strength of the documents and the clarity of truth has put an end to this absurd manhunt declared by the Italian tax authorities, and not the judicial system, of one of the greatest champions of our time."

In response to the claims, Maradona protested in 2013 that he was "not a tax fraudster".

Story continues below…

"I was playing football and someone else was signing for me," he said.

Maradona scored 115 goals in 259 games with Napoli, where he is still adored to this day. With him on the team, Napoli won their only two Italian league titles in 1987 and 1990.

He also won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986.

For more news from Italy, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Plane of US WW2 pilot finally found near Bologna
The P-47 Thunderbolt in action. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The final resting place of an American Second World War fighter pilot has been found by Italian amateur archaeologists near Bologna.

Only a quarter of Italian towns host refugees: study
Just 2,026 of the country's 8,000 municipalities currently host migrants on humanitarian grounds. Photo: Gabriel Buoys/AFP

In spite of Italy's position on the front line of the Mediterranean refugee crisis, just one in four of Italy's municipalities has housed refugees and asylum seekers.

Turin could slash Wi-Fi over 'radiation' concerns
Turin hopes to reduce potentially harmful radiation from wireless modems. Photo: Scott Beale/Maelic/Flickr

Turin is planning to cut back on Wi-Fi in state schools and government buildings over concerns that radiation might damage people's health.

Italy could make it legal to grow your own weed
Italy's parliament will begin debating new cannabis laws on Monday. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP

Italy could legalise home-grown cannabis, if a law being debated on Monday gets the green light.

Italy has 'no banking problem': finance minister
"All the countries should relax: there is no Italian banking problem," Padoan said. Photo: AFP

Italy does not have a problem with its banks, finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan said Sunday, despite investors fretting about nearly $400 billion of bad debts weighing down the sector.

Pope Francis visits Poland amid security concerns
"Refugees? The pope will say something on that," Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican ambassador to Poland said. Photo: AFP

Pope Francis lands in Poland on Wednesday amid heavy security for an international Catholic youth festival where he is expected to make the case for welcoming refugees, a thorny issue for Warsaw.

Italy hosts first Down's Syndrome 'Olympics'
The athletes taking part are dubbed T21s, named after the most common form of Down's Syndrome, trisomy 21. Photo: AFP

The roar from the stands in Florence could not have been louder if it had been stars Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the track.

Why Milan could be Europe's post-Brexit financial hub
Milan is vying to be Europe's post-Brexit financial and business hub. Photo: Melanie Bowman

Milan has also joined the race among European cities to pick up the post-Brexit spoils should London’s financial institutions choose to shift their operations elsewhere. But is it a viable contender?

Ekberg wannabe says Trevi dip was a 'homage to Rome'
Delilah Jay just before she waded into Rome's Trevi Fountain on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Delilah Jay

“I love Rome, I love Fellini and I love Ekberg – I’ve had so many comments on my Facebook page saying I look very much like her.”

Venice to build new bridge in memory of Bataclan victim
28-year-old student Valeria Solesin was the only Italian victim of the Paris terrorist attacks. Photo: Pierre Teyssot / AFP

Venice, the so-called 'city of bridges', is set to build one more, in honour of the only Italian victim of last November's Paris terrorist attacks.

Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Travel
Five crowd-free alternatives to Italy's tourist hotspots
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
Italian hotspots struggling with 'too many tourists'
Culture
Meet the Italian chef behind the world's best restaurant
Travel
Escape the heat at one of these beautiful Italian lakes
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Politics
Why the UK is now officially crazier than Italy
Culture
How you can stay cool like an ancient Roman
Lifestyle
Food for thought: fight on to save Med diet from extinction
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
From asylum seeker in Italy to organic yoghurt entrepreneur
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
Fifteen maps that tell the story of Italy
National
Why Italy might be the next big threat to the EU's future
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Politics
Post Brexit, less than a third of Italians want to leave EU
Politics
The bright side of Brexit: the 'good news' for Brits in Italy
Culture
Eight wonderful things to do in Italy in July
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Travel
Six of the best places to visit within easy reach of Rome
British business owners in Italy feel Brexit jitters
National
How to get Italian citizenship (or at least stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Politics
Where does Britain's exit from the EU leave Italy?
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Politics
Has the time come for Italy’s Five Star Movement to shine?
Society
Why Italy must change after young woman’s brutal murder
Politics
Is Italy's Five Star up to the challenge of running Rome?
Culture
Six of the most bizarre Italian foods everyone should try
2,557
jobs available