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    Italian media reports say authorities are planning to auction off diamond earrings seized from Diego Maradona as part-payment of the former Napoli star's unpaid tax bill.

    The earrings were confiscated by tax authorities last year while Maradona was in an Alpine resort in northern Italy. The Bolzano tax police in charge of the operation at the time put the value at 4,000 euros (C$5,990).

    Italian newspaper La Repubblica and others said Tuesday that the auction would take place Jan. 14, probably in Bolzano. Local police could not immediately confirm the reports.

    Italian authorities say the former soccer great, currently coach of Argentina, owes almost 30 million euros (C$44.9 million) in unpaid income tax. The debt dates to the 1980s when Maradona played for Napoli.



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