Maradona returns to Italy after 8-year tax exile

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NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Diego Maradona has returned to Italy in a bid to clear his name in a tax evasion case.

The 1986 World Cup winner with Argentina landed Monday in Rome and headed straight to Naples, where he will hold a news conference Tuesday morning.

Maradona's Italian debts of more than $50 million stem from alleged unpaid taxes during the time he played for Napoli from 1984-91, a period in which he helped the club win its only two Serie A titles.

His lawyer, Angelo Pisani, recently said his client won the dispute. But the collection agency issued a statement earlier this month saying it had not "annulled, declared extinct, nor modified" Maradona's debts.

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