This Day In Sports History (April 6th) – Diego Maradona

It was on this day in 1991 that soccer star Diego Maradona was suspended by professional football for 15 months after testing positive for cocaine.  Maradona would be unable to play for his club team, Napoli, as well as being banned from representing his country, Argentina, in international games.

This incident was just one of many for Diego, as he battled substance abuse throughout most of his career.  Just a couple of years later at the 1994 World Cup, Maradona would once again test positive, this time for five variants of ephedrine, which is a stimulant that is banned by soccer’s international governing body.

Despite all of his problems off the field, Diego Maradona was a great soccer player and remains an icon in his home country.

Here is Maradona’s great goal against England during the 1986 World Cup.

Notable Birthdays

Bert Blyleven, MLB – Born April 6th 1951 (age 60) in Zeist, Netherlands

Olaf Kolzig, NHL – Born April 6th 1970 (age 41) in Johannesburg, South Africa

Oliver Miller, NBA – Born April 6th 1970 (age 41) in Fort Worth, Texas

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