Raging Diego sedated

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  • Thursday, 13 May 2004

BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona has been put under sedation by doctors in a private drug rehabilitation clinic here on Tuesday after the Argentine football legend raged that he wanted to return to Cuba where he has lived for the past four years. 

The 43-year-old wants to check out of the Park Private Clinic where he arrived on Monday, preferring to return to Cuba where he has been fighting his life-threatening drug addiction since 2000. 

“(Maradona) had to be sedated after flying into an uncontrollable rage,” a close friend said. 

“Diego is conscious but he is being given medication and sedated when necessary. He can't leave of his own will.” 

His lawyer said the 1986 World Cup-winning captain's family “are deciding at the moment what part of the world to bring him to.” 

“The most important is to get him away from drugs.” 

Maradona initially spent 11 days in the Suizo-Argentina clinic last month, and his family had difficulty finding another clinic to accept the player. 

Cuban leader Fidel Castro is reported to have put an airplane at Maradona's disposal should he want to return to the island. 

But his personal doctor Alfredo Cahe said on Monday that the Park Clinic was the former player's last chance to beat drugs, although the biggest problem will be getting Maradona to follow his treatment. 

The 106kg, 1.68m former player has been fighting cocaine addiction. 

Only Maradona's former wife, Claudia Villafane, his two daughters, Dalma, 17, Gianna, 14, and his parents are allowed to visit. 

Doctors will need to lower Maradona's weight, fight his cocaine addiction and its withdrawal symptoms. 

The football star is strengthening psychologically and physically, the clinic said adding that Maradona was in “stable” condition and that his heart was being monitored. – AFP 

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