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Maradona arrested at Rio airport
Diego Maradona during a charity match in Brazil
Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has been briefly detained in Brazil after an incident at an airport.

The former star arrived late for a flight home to Buenos Aires and reportedly caused a disturbance.

"There was a problem with TAM (airline) staff. It turned nasty and the police were called... and he was detained for resisting arrest," the police said.

Maradona, 45 - who was in Brazil for a charity match - has had health and drugs problems in recent years.

'Broken door'

Federal police spokesman Carlos de Melo said Maradona was released after being interrogated, and would return to Argentina later on Thursday.

Showing contempt to authorities is punishable in Brazil with up to two years in prison.

Maradona was not charged, although the Brazilian authorities have not ruled out such an action until a full investigation has taken place, Mr Melo added.

A door was broken during the incident, and Maradona reportedly said he would pay for the damage.

The former footballer played in the "Game of the Stars" in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday night. The match was organised by ex-Brazilian star Zico.

Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title and to the 1990 final. He later retired amid cocaine addiction and health problems.

In 2000, the football governing body Fifa chose him and Brazilian Pele as the greatest players in the sport's history.


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