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Maradona fired as coach of UAE soccer team

July 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 11 (UPI) -- Diego Maradona has been fired after only one season as coach of the United Arab Emirates soccer club al-Wasl, officials said.

The UAE club finished eighth in the domestic league and did not win a second-tier competition, BikyaMasr.com reported.

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Last month, the club had said Maradona, who had a two-year contract, would be retained despite a loss in the GCC Champions League final that forced the entire board of directors to resign.

In mid-June, club Chairman Mohammad Ahmad bin Fahad called reports Maradona had resigned a "mistake."

Maradona was fired Tuesday.

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