Starace gets signed shirt from Maradona as apology for heckling

Updated: March 18, 2008, 9:09 AM ET
Reuters

MILAN, Italy -- Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona has sent a signed shirt to Italian tennis player Potito Starace as an apology for heckling him during a match in Argentina last month.

Certainly what he did was wrong and even more so because he is Maradona ... but this ugly story finishes here.

--Potito Starace

Starace threatened to "bash a racket" in Maradona's teeth after the former Napoli forward insulted him from the crowd during a quarterfinal loss to Argentina's David Nalbandian at the Buenos Aires Open.

Starace, a Napoli fan who used to idolize Maradona, has now received an autographed Argentina No. 10 shirt from the 1986 World Cup winner.

"Certainly what he did was wrong and even more so because he is Maradona," Starace told Tuesday's Gazzetta dello Sport, which carried a photo of him holding up the shirt.

"But this ugly story finishes here."

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