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Italy's tax agency warns of legal action against Maradona lawyers over claims of debt victory

Italy's tax collection agency has threatened to sue lawyers for Diego Maradona, who claims he had won his 20-year battle over tax debts.

Maradona lawyer Angelo Pisani says his client won the dispute and "can now return to Italy as a free man."

But the collection agency, the Agenzia delle Entrate, issued a statement saying that it had not "annulled, declared extinct, nor modified" Maradona's debts, and that "to the contrary" it had rejected a request from the Argentine.

The agency adds that it will evaluate if there are grounds to sue for damages.

Maradona's Italian debts of more than $50 million stem from alleged unpaid taxes during the time he played for Napoli from 1984-91.