Maradona told to pay £21m in Italian taxes
Diego Maradona, the former Argentine football star, has been told pay Italian taxes of about '30m, or £21m.
Reports said an Italian court rejected Maradona's appeal against the tax bills, which date back to 1985-1991 when he played for Napoli.
CNN reported that after arguing unsuccessfully that his old club should foot the bill, Maradona's lawyers tried to clear his name partly "by arguing a procedural technicality: tax collectors did not notify Maradona of the back taxes until it was too late".
"The case was lost, it's true," said Vincenzo Siniscalchi, one of Maradona's lawyers.