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Starace gets signed shirt from Maradona as apology for heckling

3/18/2008 - Tennis

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.


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."