The former Argentina soccer star cannot cut off his shadow of on-and-off-the field controversy. His tumultuous personal life has tarnished his image that could be a matter of grave concern for him.  Maradona will have to work hard to get nominations from at least five of the 209 national associations which make up FIFA and pass an integrity check. Will he pass the integrity check?
 
1. Diego Maradona was suspended for 15 months in April 1991 for testing positive for cocaine while playing for Napoli. He was expelled from the 1994 World Cup for doping. He tested positive for five types of stimulants after a group-stage match against Nigeria.
 
2. He is tagged with “Hand of God” as he punched goal against England at the 1986 World Cup, where he inspired Argentina to the title.
 
3. Maradona is known to have bad rapport with journalists.  He was given a two-year suspended sentence for firing an air gun at reporters in 1994. He is reported to have slapped a media person in the face and called him an ''idiot'' outside a theater in Buenos Aires.
 
4. Maradona has tax problems in Italy, where his debts total tens of millions of dollars accrued from his 1984-91 stint playing with Napoli.
 
5. Many soccer officials worldwide still support Blatter. They have not forgotten Maradona's language toward the now-outgoing FIFA president during his recent re-election campaign.

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