Maradona says club being targeted by UAE league

AP, Wednesday 4 Jan 2012

Diego Maradona has accused United Arab Emirates soccer officials of targeting his club

Diego Maradona

Maradona took over as Al-Wasl coach in May and has been fined for criticizing a rival coach and his team has been banned from playing two matches at home due to fan trouble.

Maradona says “Al-Wasl is being targeted with these excessive bans and punishments.”

Maradona has had a running feud with critics and referees since he arrived last year. The Argentine soccer great intensified his complaints late Tuesday when he spoke for the first time about the $2,450 fine he was given by the UAE Football Association and the home match ban.

Al-Wasl is in sixth place in the 12-team league, 11 points behind the leaders.

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