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Miccoli has Diego’s earring

Palermo forward Fabrizio Miccoli has revealed he was the mystery buyer of an earring seized from Diego Maradona last year as part payment of his tax arrears in Italy. The piece of jewelry was taken by police while Maradona was in Italy at a weight-loss clinic in September. He owes the Italian inland revenue more than 30 million euros (US$41 million) stemming from unpaid taxes when he played for Napoli and helped them to win the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990. Miccoli paid 25,000 euros for the earring at auction in January. “He knows that I have it,” Miccoli told yesterday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport when asked if he will return it to the Argentina coach. “It’ll be difficult to meet him now, but we’ll see each other soon. I called my son Diego in his honor.”


Thai trailblazer extends deal

Trailblazing Thai defender Surat Sukha has extended his contract with Melbourne Victory for a year, keeping him at the club until 2012, officials said yesterday. The 27-year-old has made 18 appearances including last month’s Grand Final since joining from Chonburi FC last year, when he became the A-League’s first Southeast Asian player. “He’s the first player from Southeast Asia to play at the highest level in Australia and we couldn’t be more impressed with the way he’s adapted and performed since joining the club,” operations manager Gary Cole said. “He’s fitted in so well, he’s always laughing and smiling and he and his family thoroughly enjoy living in Melbourne.”


Palermo sets goals record

Argentina striker Martin Palermo, hoping to make Diego Maradona’s World Cup squad, set a Boca Juniors record of 220 goals when he scored twice in their 4-0 defeat of Arsenal in the Clausura championship on Monday. Palermo surpassed the 218 goals scored by Roberto Cherro, who had held the record since the late 1930s, when he tapped the ball home after nine minutes following a fine move by Juan Roman Riquelme and added another in the second half from fellow striker Nicolas Gaitan’s pass. The victory under new coach Roberto Pompei ended a run of three consecutive defeats in which Boca, whose previous coach Abel Alves quit on Friday, conceded nine goals. Riquelme also scored as Boca climbed to joint 14th in the standings. Palermo is in his second spell at Boca after his debut with the club in 1997 following a transfer from Estudiantes. He played for Villarreal, Real Betis and Alaves in Spain between 2001-2004. He has scored seven goals in 12 matches for Argentina and Maradona has said he has an 80 percent chance of being in his squad for the finals in South Africa starting on June 11.


‘Monkey’ jibes earn ban

Argentine defender Matias Manrique has been banned for five matches after calling Ecuadorean defender Giovanny Espinoza a “monkey” in a match last month. Manrique, who plays for Nublense, said on Monday he did not plan to appeal the suspension. Espinoza plays for Chilean club Union Espanola. Espinoza testified to a league disciplinary panel that Manrique told him several times to “go eat a banana” and “you’re a monkey” in the March 27 game. In its report, the disciplinary panel said Manrique told them he did not mean the taunts to be racist and said he called Espinoza after the match to apologize.

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