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Diego Maradona balks at tax amnesty bill: I owe nothing to Italy

Diego Maradona spoke about Francesco Totti's admirable impact on the game, and the influence he has had on world football.
Diego Maradona and Sebastian Veron argued when leaving the pitch for halftime during the Match for Peace.
Diego Maradona confronts former Man United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron during the Pope-organised Match of Peace.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has said that he "owes nothing to anyone," and reiterated that he has no plans to pay the €40 million the Italian government claims he owes in back-taxes.

The former Napoli star was accused of having defamed the former president of Equitalia -- the department responsible for collecting taxes in Italy -- in remarks he made in 2012, when he claimed he was being mistreated by the Italian authorities.

The Italian government is considering legislation that would...

Female official reports attack during game in Argentina

Maria Eugenia Rocco has worked as an assistant referee at Olympic Games and Women's World Cups.

A female assistant referee has claimed she received a blow to the back of her neck from an angry player following a match between Argentino de Quilmes and Deportivo Merlo in Argentina's Primera C.

According to local media reports, visitors Deportivo Merlo were protesting to referee Jorge Broggi after Tuesday's game following two late goals in their 2-1 defeat when assistant Maria Eugenia Rocco intervened.

Rocco, who reported the incident to the police, said in La Nacion: "When the game ended and...

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Brazil coach Tite losing sleep over CONMEBOL qualifier vs. Argentina

Brazil and Uruguay top the CONMEBOL standings. What did they do to get there?
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes Argentina's lack of structure is related to their recent World Cup qualifying woes.
Gabriel Jesus and Willian powered Brazil to a 2-0 WCQ win over Venezuela, which puts them at the top of the CONMEBOL table.
Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza doesn't believe his side deserved to lose following their shock 1-0 defeat by Paraguay.
A first-half goal from Derlis Gonzalez and a penalty miss from Sergio Aguero sealed a shocking loss for Argentina against Paraguay.

Brazil coach Tite has said he is losing sleep over the crucial World Cup qualifying match against Argentina on Nov. 10.

The Selecao, who sit top of table in CONMEBOL qualifying, host struggling Argentina in Belo Horizonte for a match that Tite says embodies their South American rivalry. 

The seven CONMEBOL teams are chasing four-and-a-half slots (the side finishing fifth will meet the winners of Oceania in a playoff).

Argentina, who lost at home to Paraguay last week, are perched precariously...

Mascherano on new deal: 'I never imagined I would spend so long here'

Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson wonder if Neymar is better off at Barcelona or leaving the shadow of Lionel Messi.
Javier Mascherano has made close to 300 appearances with Barcelona.

Javier Mascherano says his new Barcelona contract will be the last one he signs with the Spanish champions.

The Argentine was linked with a move to Juventus in the summer and even admitted himself he could leave Barca, but he eventually agreed a new three-year deal, which he signed on Monday.

He will be 35 by the time it expires in 2019, though, and he admitted that he's now hoping to be able to enjoy what will be his final few years at Camp Nou.

Javier Mascherano officially signs new Barcelona deal until 2019

Argentina's Javier Mascherano tried to put a positive spin on Argentina's recent high-profile failures in recent tournaments.
Mascherano Barcelona vs Sevilla
Javier Mascherano has put pen to paper on his new Barcelona contract.

Javier Mascherano has signed a new three-year contract with Barcelona, extending his stay until 2019.

The terms of the deal were agreed in July but circumstances including changes to the board and international breaks meant the Argentina international 's signature was still pending. 

However, Mascherano put pen to paper on Monday, watched by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice president Jordi Mestre and sporting director Robert Fernandez.

Mascherano, who joined from Liverpool for...