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Changed man - Maradona says off-pitch issues are in the past

Published:Tuesday | September 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Football legend Diego Maradona (right) and Luis Islas chat as they walk on the pitch at the Dorados de Sinaloa club stadium, after Maradona was presented as their new manager in Culiacan, Mexico, yesterday.

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP):

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona says he has left his off-the-pitch issues behind.

Maradona was formally introduced yesterday as the new coach of Mexican second-tier club Dorados de Sinaloa. He was jovial and said he did not come to Mexico for a vacation.

Maradona said: "I came here to work, and I came to give my heart."

The 57-year-old has publicly struggled in the past with alcohol and drug addiction. His new club is located in a city considered the heart of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful drug smuggling gangs.

Maradona said "we are all judged" and added, "How many people are there here who do worse things than us and don't end up in any newspaper?"