Maradona wants to celebrate 50th with Napoli game

Milan: Diego Maradona wants to celebrate his 50th birthday next month with a charity match at former club Napoli with the team who won the 1987 and 1990 Serie A titles.

"I want to hug the people again. I enjoyed the best period of my life there," Maradona was quoted as saying.

The former Argentina great has been out of work since leaving his position as coach of his country after the World Cup.

Maradona wants to return to Italy despite being in dispute with Italian authorities over tax payments when he lived in Naples.

Last year Maradona had a 4,000 euro ($5,367) pair of earrings seized by the tax police when he checked into a weightloss clinic in northern Italy.

Bureau Report