Diego Maradona ends Italian exile

Feb 26, 2013, 09:32 IST | AFP

Diego Maradona yesterday ended his controversial exile from Italy, where he famously led Napoli to their sole titles in the Serie A football championship

The Argentine World Cup winner had rarely stepped foot in Italy since leaving under a cloud in the 1990s amid claims of collusion with mafia dons and a positive drugs test for cocaine. 

It was later claimed by the Italian authorities that Maradona owed the state millions of euros in unpaid taxes. The ex-footballer arrived shortly after 1:00 pm (1200 GMT) local time at Rome’s Fiumicino airport wearing a black jacket, black suit and dark glasses. Dozens of fans had turned up to see the Argentinian, many of whom shouted ‘Welcome back’ as he was driven away.

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