Maradona appeals to clear name in Italian tax case

Naples: Argentine legend Diego Maradona is making a verbal appeal to Italian authorities to clear his name in a tax evasion case.

Speaking at a news conference, the Argentine great says, "I didn`t kill anyone. I`m here to seek justice."

Maradona`s Italian debts of nearly more than USD 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.

Maradona says Napoli club officials were responsible for his playing contract with the club. "Why do I have to pay and not them? ... I`m a victim because I earned a lot but I didn`t know anything about contractual questions. I`m showing my face because I didn`t kill anyone."