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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Maradona Drug Tests

ROME () -- Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona has admitted avoiding matches when his own private dope tests were positive, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported.

The 36-year-old, whose manager Guillermo Coppola is in jail on cocaine-dealing charges, denied recent allegations that his urine sample was switched with that of another player after a routine post-match test on Aug. 11.

"It's a load of nonsense. Because for years I have done my own anti-doping controls on my own, during the week before the match. And if I tested positive in my tests, I did not play on Sunday," Maradona said of the allegations.

"And I played that time didn't I? And so ..."