How Diego Maradona shot at reporters outside his home with air rifle injuring four but escaped jail in 1994

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DIEGO MARADONA was a magician on the pitch – but sometimes he hit the headlines for all of the wrong reasons.

The Argentine icon sadly passed away on Wednesday after he suffered a heart attack at his home in Buenos Aires, aged 60.

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Diego Maradona fired an air rifle at journalists leaving four injured[/caption]

Tributes have poured in from the likes of Pele, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Usain Bolt.

His death has left fans from all over the world reminiscing about the former Barcelona star.

Unfortunately, the 60-year-old’s illustrious playing career was plagued by incidents off the pitch.

In 1994, Maradona landed himself in trouble for shooting at journalists with an air rifle.

He was hit with a suspended prison sentence of two years and 10 months.

Four people were left injured after he opened fire on them outside of his home in Buenos Aires.

Maradona, who was found guilty of assault with a weapon, was seen crouching behind a Mercedes with two other men.

Following the tragic news of his death, SunSport pulled together a list of Maradona’s maddest ever moments.

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Diego Maradona pictured shortly after the incident in 1994[/caption]


He is most commonly known for scoring his ‘Hand of God’ goal against England at the 1986 World Cup.

Ex-Napoli star Maradona also suffered from drug and drink addiction throughout his prolific career.

He was first banned for 15 months following a failed drugs test in 1991 and was then charged for drug trafficking and possession later that year, receiving a suspended 12 month sentence.

On a more positive note, Maradona has been widely remembered for his incredible warm-up routine from 1989.

During his club career, he scored 259 goals in just 491 matches.

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Diego Mafadona scored 34 goals for his beloved Argentina[/caption]

As well as guiding Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, he scored 34 goals in 91 games for his country.

The last known photo of Maradona shows him smiling while in hospital after undergoing surgery.

Grieving fans in Argentina clashed with cops as they scrambled to get a look at Maradona’s casket.



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