Diego Maradona was detained when he flew into the Argentina capital from Mexico. Staff from the Brazilian airline TAM called police to the desk at Rio’s Tom Jobim airport who detained the 45-year-old.
Maradona was later released without charge after several hours of interrogation, and negotiation aided by the Argentinian consul Agostin Molin.
Former Argentina footballer, Alejandro Mancuso, who was with Diego said the airline had acted in bad faith.
“We arrived with Diego very quiet and went to the duty-free shop. When they announced boarding, we approached and they closed the plane door in our faces. The anger was logical and justified,” he said.
A TAM spokeswoman confirmed that Maradona had not used the airline to return home after the incident. Maradona has, in recent years, battled cocaine and alcohol addictions and also lost considerable weight after an operation.
Argentine football (soccer) player who is generally regarded as the top footballer of the 1980s and one of the greatest of all time found himself the subject of a new documentary – which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.