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A 37-year-old Cuban woman, who had an affair with Diego Maradona as a minor 20 years ago, accused the late Argentine idol and his entourage of violence and abuse, including rape and holding her against her will.

Mavys Alvarez Rego, who now lives in Miami, told the press in Buenos Aires how she met Maradona at 16, when the star, then in his forties, lived in Cuba, where he was undergoing drug treatment.

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“I was dazzled, he won me over … But after two months everything started to change”, she said, claiming that Maradona, who died from a heart attack a year ago at the age of 60, had pushed her into trying cocaine, in turn making her dependent.

“I loved him but I hated him too, I even thought about suicide,” she said.

Maradona is widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers in history and inspired Argentina to the 1986 World Cup.

He died last year after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot, and after decades of battles with cocaine and alcohol addictions.

Alvarez Rego, a mother of two children aged 15 and four, said her relationship with Maradona lasted “between four and five years” but that she was subjected to abuse.

Cuban Mavys Alvarez spoke to the media in Buenos Aires. Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFPSource: AFP

She claimed that during a trip to Buenos Aires with Maradona in 2001, she had been held against her will for several weeks in a hotel by Maradona’s entourage, banned from going out alone, and forced into a breast augmentation operation.

She also claimed that Maradona had “raped” her on one occasion at their home in Havana and mentioned several other episodes of physical violence.

Alvarez Rego has not filed a complaint herself but is giving evidence this week in Buenos Aires to an Argentine prosecutor in connection with a complaint brought by an Argentine NGO.

The organisation, called Foundation for Peace, filed the complaint after seeing her confessions in the American media in recent weeks.

The complaint relates in particular to human trafficking, deprivation of liberty, forced servitude, assault and battery.

Maradona during the 1990 World Cup. Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty ImagesSource: Supplied

Alvarez Rego said she was speaking out after so many years of silence in order to balance some of the stories that were being told in a TV series about Maradona in the run-up to the first anniversary of his death on November 25.

She suggested that she would not be initiating further proceedings.

“I have done what I had to do, the rest I leave to the courts,” she said. “I achieved my goal: to say what happened to me, to prevent it from happening to others, or at least so that other girls feel the strength, the courage to speak up.”

Five members of Maradona’s entourage who have been implicated have all denied the allegations via their lawyers. One has filed a counter-complaint against the NGO for slander.

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The fallout from Manchester United’s handling of the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is continuing to spiral, as the club’s lack of planning and foresight is being exposed again.

Sunday’s announcement that the former striker would be departing the club stated that his assistant Michael Carrick would be in charge, until an interim manager is found to take charge until the end of the season, when a permanent manager would be appointed.

So an interim for an interim for a permanent manager.

Manchester United had lost five of their last seven Premier League games under Solskjaer and had taken four points from a possible 21. It’s been nearly a month to the day since the 5-0 humbling at home to Liverpool and the writing has been on the wall since then.

So why did they not already have an interim manager in place to give them eight months at getting the man they wanted permanently – presumably Mauricio Pochettino?

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“There is only one word to sum up Manchester United’s handling of the final months of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign: shambolic,” Premier League legend Jamie Carragher wrote in his column for The Telegraph.

“Anyone writing a manual about how to go about replacing a football manager should find the current events at Old Trafford useful. Simply observe how they are going about it and do the opposite.

“We are still less than a third of the way through a Premier League campaign and Manchester United are indicating they want to see it through with two caretakers? That is astonishing.

“What exactly do United want? Are they so naive as to believe there is another Sir Alex Ferguson out there, who will run the club in his image for the next 25 years? Wake up! The football world has changed. Those managers do not exist anymore.

“Whoever takes over will inherit a similar situation to that of Solskjaer in 2018. Such are the finances at United, the resources will always be available for the right man to succeed. Things can always get better sooner rather than later.

“That makes the fact United are prepared to go another six months without their long-term solution more extraordinary. United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. It is about time they started acting like it.”

Solskjaer was sacked just months after signing a new three-year deal, and just weeks after his assistant Mike Phelan signed his extension.

Solskjaer was the fourth manager sacked in the eight years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and the third one sacked shortly after being give a new longer-term deal.

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“There is a cultural problem at the club,” ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville said on his podcast. “Ole has taken a battering over the last few months, that is what you get when you are a manager of a football club, particularly one the size of Manchester United. But the reality is that once he leaves, the focus of attention will be elsewhere.

“It will be on the football executives, it will be on the decision-makers, it will be on the owners. They have proven that without Sir Alex Ferguson that they cannot operate properly as a football club.

“If you spend over a billion pounds, you bring in world-class managers in (Jose) Mourinho and (Louis) Van Gaal and they struggle to get the success the club wants, there is something fundamentally wrong at the club that means they are not winning. Something has got to change for the club to get to where it needs to be.

“We could be reasonable and say the work that Ole has done is building the bridge back to a better future and someone will pick it up, run with it, and go and win the league, but I’m not sure.

“Three out of those four managers were given long-term contracts or extensions and sacked within a few months. It can happen, once, but it can’t happen three times.”

Rio Ferdinand was the only ex-Manchester United player who called for Solskjaer to be sacked in the weeks leading up to his dismissal and he was incredulous that the club at executive level were so blind and ill-prepared for what was so clear to everyone else.

United had four games between the Liverpool humiliation and Solskjaer leaving, as well as a two-week break for the international fixtures and still nothing was set in motion for when the decision to let him go was finally made.

He said on his podcast: “All of a sudden, the game happens and we lose, and the club make a decision. It’s all reactive. Nothing is prepped. Even the management situation, surely you look at this before?

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“You identify a certain candidate and know. It’s almost like, ‘oh, this result has happened, we’re going to sack Ole, now we look for someone to come and take charge. We’ll put an interim before the interim, and then we’ll look for a manager’.

“It’s actually embarrassing. You’re just sitting there trying to protect the club, and you want to be positive, but I can’t. Surely there’s a candidate that should have been identified weeks ago because you could see what was coming?

“You see the club isn’t performing, you have a two-week international break. It’s the perfect time to start going round and identifying the next candidate. You can’t keep changing the conductor if you do nothing with the orchestra.

“Man United have always been a team you associate with being best in class, elite in all aspects of the club – whether it’s the business angle, the commercial angle, also on the pitch.

“At the moment, it’s everything but that in all of those areas. That is the worrying thing for me. Every area looks like it’s just flagging.

“Yeah, the commercial area is doing well, but Man United are a global brand so you expect that. In terms of making decisions and being decisive, it’s everything but.”

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