Argentine football player who is generally regarded as the top footballer of the 1980s and one of the greatest of all time Diego Maradona has been arrested at the airport after his ex-girlfriend sued him for a $A9million payout.
Maradona was returning to his homeland from Mexico where he is manager of club side Dorados de Sinaloa when he was reportedly confronted and then issued formal notice of the proceedings against him from Rocio Oliva.
Local media in Buenos Aires claimed the football legend was detained when he flew into the Argentina capital from Mexico.
It is claimed authorities took him aside, detained him and then issued formal notice of the proceedings against him from Oliva, herself a former footballer.
The pair enjoyed a six-year relationship before they broke up in December last year. Oliva has now gone on to launch a claim in the San Miguel Family Court for “action of economic compensation” against the 58-year-old.
Former Argentina footballer, Alejandro Mancuso, who was with Diego said the airline had acted in bad faith.
“We arrived with Diego very quiet and went to the duty-free shop. When they announced boarding, we approached and they closed the plane door in our faces. The anger was logical and justified,”
A court date has been listed for June 13, which will be attended by his lawyer Matias Morla. According to the source, Maradona was later released after several hours of interrogation, and negotiation aided by the Argentinian consul Agostin Molin.