Maradona 39-mln tax bill suspended pending court hearing

Soccer star's assets safe for now

(ANSA) - Naples, August 1 - Naples tax officials on Friday suspended Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona's multi-million outstanding tax debt, pending a court decision on the matter.
    The Italian inland revenue agency last October served Maradona with a bill for outstanding taxes of 39 million euros in unpaid taxes on off-the-books earnings in sponsorship and merchandising deals in his late 1980s glory-day earnings with Napoli.
    Maradona, who played for the Italian club between 1984 and 1991, is revered in Naples for helping the city's soccer team win two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup.
    The former player had a diamond-studded earring and a Rolex watch seized, among other assets, on past visits to Italy.
    Bailiffs wanting to seize any more of the soccer star's assets must now await a court hearing on his tax dispute case, set for October 9.


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