Madrid - Police were called to investigate an altercation involving Diego
Maradona and a woman at a hotel in Madrid, authorities said on Wednesday.
were dispatched after a call from the hotel, but found no evidence of
any serious disturbance after talking to Maradona and the woman. They
said neither Maradona nor the woman showed signs of having been involved
in a confrontation, and neither wanted to make a formal complaint.
said they couldn't confirm if the woman was a hotel guest or Maradona's
girlfriend, Rocio Oliva. They also did not say if the call came from
one of the guests or from hotel employees. Spanish media said police was
called in after a "strong argument" involving guests at the hotel.
It wasn't clear if police talked to Maradona at his room or somewhere else in the hotel.
56-year-old Maradona is in the Spanish capital with his girlfriend to
watch former club Napoli play Real Madrid in the last 16 of the
Champions League. He is a guest of Napoli president Aurelio de
Laurentiis and is expected to give a pep talk to the players ahead of
Napoli's players are staying at the same hotel.
Spanish media on Tuesday released a video of Maradona threatening a reporter who tried to talk to him at the hotel in Madrid.
the reporter said that he was struck by the former player as he passed
by, Maradona came back and said, "I didn't hit you, if I hit you, you
will lose your nose."
"Know that if I fight you one-on-one, I'll destroy you," Maradona is heard telling the reporter.
the discussion that lasted several seconds outside an elevator,
Maradona said all he wanted to do was "eat in peace," and that the
reporter was not welcomed because he was not a guest at the hotel.
outspoken former Argentina great has been involved in a long list of
controversies, both on and off the field. His tumultuous personal life
is often a target for local media in Argentina.
In 2014, he
slapped a journalist in the face and called him an "idiot" outside a
theater in Buenos Aires. Ten years earlier, Maradona fired an air gun at
reporters and was given a two-year suspended sentence.
who led Argentina to the World Cup title in 1986, was banished from the
1994 World Cup for doping after testing positive for five types of
stimulants and diet pills. In 1991, he was suspended for 15 months for
testing positive for cocaine while playing for Napoli.