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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Maradona facing legal action over Batista bribes claim

Former Argentina boss Sergio Batista said he would sue Diego Maradona for accusing him of taking bribes from an agent to put certain players on the team.

Maradona said on Wednesday that agent Carlos MacAllister "offered me bribes" to put players on the team because he had done it with Batista.

"When we took over the national team, the bribes ended," Maradona said.

Batista was coach of Argentina's youth team when Maradona took over as national team manager in 2008; Maradona was then replaced by Batista after the 2010 World Cup.

His successor, fired two months ago after the Copa America disappointment, puts Maradona's accusations down to jealousy.

"I'm going to court over this because this a false accusation," Batista said. "Nothing like this ever happened. This hurts."

The pair were team-mates on the 1986 World Cup winning team.

"This could be resentment on his part, but he knows well I had nothing to do with his not staying in the job," Batista added.

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