Maradona says innocent, doesn't have 40 mn euros for taxman
Lawyer says soccer great willing to pay three million14 February, 17:37
"I'm not a tax dodger," said Maradona, who is revered in Naples for helping Napoli win two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup in that period.
"I don't have 40 million euros. I haven't earned it".
Maradona's lawyer Angelo Pisani, meanwhile, said the ex-player was willing to pay three million euros to end the dispute if there was proof he had made a "mistake" in his tax returns. The 53-year-old is in Italy after visiting to see Napoli beat AS Roma 3-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the Italian Cup final by winning their semi 5-3 on aggregate. He does not return to Italy very often after having a diamond-studded earring and a Rolex watch seized, among other assets, over the tax row on past visits.
"When I come to Italy, they seize my earrings, so I stay at home," Maradona said.
"But I know justice will arrive".