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Maradona In Town To Clear His Name

Diego Maradona has arrived in Naples to fight the charge of tax evasion still hanging against his name.

Earlier this year Maradona’s lawyer reported that the Italian authorities had finally dropped the $50 million case against the legendary Argentine, which has kept him away from the city where he is idolised for more than eight years.

The authorities insist that they have not dropped a single charge against Maradona, who had two gold Rolex's taken off his wrist by the police the last time he want to Italy.

The charges stem from his time as Napoli’s talisman during the eighties and early nineties, when he led the team to their only two Serie A titles.

Maradona was convicted in absentia for fraud and tax evasion, and ordered to pay $48 million to the Italian tax man.

The 52-year-old says he longs to walk the streets of Naples as a free man, and when he touched down there to clear his name he was met by a throng of cheering Neapolitans.

Maradona will talk to the media today about his plan to resolve his tax dispute, and will watch Napoli’s crunch Serie A match against defending champions and league leaders Juventus on Friday night.

"I am not a tax fraudster and I am not afraid of returning to Italy,” Maradona has said.

“The people who are really responsible are free and can walk around freely in Naples and I can't. That is not fair."

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