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Saturday, July 24, 2004

Diego Maradona (not his son) at odds with ex-wife, daughters

Diego Maradona is engaged in a battle with his ex-wife and daughters over where the ailing Argentine football legend should go next to treat his cocaine addiction. Maradona is due to leave a psychiatric clinic where he has been receiving treatment since May in the next few weeks – from there, he wants to return to the drugs rehabilitation centre in Cuba where he has lived since 2000, and after that Switzerland. He is supported by his doctor, Alfredo Cahe, and lawyers - Oscar Moyano and Roberto Damboriana.

But a close family friend who wished to remain unnamed said his former wife Claudia Villafane and his daughters Dalma and Giannina are trying hard to keep him in Argentina. They want Maradona to return to the country estate of a friend where he was been taken in between hospital visits in April. They plan to equip the house to deal with the stricken World Cup winner's medical needs and in this they are supported by a team of psychiatrists and government agencies. If no common ground is found, a local court has authority to rule on Maradona' next step.

The 43-year-old Maradona came close to death in April when he was admitted to hospital here with heart and lung problems.

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