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Maradona Rushed to Hospital

  • BBC Sport, Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:44 PM
Argentina World Cup winner Diego Maradona was rushed off to the hospital in Buenos Aires on Wednesday due to complications from excessive smoking, eating and drinking-although it looks like he will be okay. This time, doctors were quick to point out that his admission to the hospital had nothing to do with illegal drugs; Maradona had previously battled cocaine addiction, in addition to being overweight and having heart problems. In 1991, he was banned from the game for 15 months after testing positive for cocaine. In 1994, he was again banned after testing positive for illegal substances at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

Maradona's personal physician said family problems cause the latest health crisis. "He didn't have a very consistent lifestyle, in his eating habits, his drinking and the amount of cigars he smoked," he said, adding that the former Napoli star had been against being taken to the hospital. "He woke up at 2:30 a.m. and he insulted me," his physician told a local radio station. "He didn't want to be there. They sedated him again and he fell asleep." Maradona led Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup. In Italy, he won league and cup titles with Napoli. He is still revered in Argentina.

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