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MARADONA THREATENS TO CALL IT QUITS

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Diego Maradona, disgusted over suggestions that he dictates the team's roster, threatened Thursday to quit Argentina's World Cup team.

The soccer star spoke in response to a radio interview with the mother of defender Dario Franco, who was left off the national team that will compete at the upcoming World Cup in the United States.Franco's mother told local radio station La Red her son was not placed on the team because Maradona "dictates the lineup to (coach Alfio) Basile." Basile said Franco was excluded because of a leg injury.

Maradona, speaking from Portschach, Austria, where Argentina plays a tuneup game Saturday against Croatia, said: "My nerves are in a terrible state, I can't go on like this."

Maradona said he would call his wife Friday before he made his final decision.

Later, Argentine Football Association president Julio Grondona told broadcast station Rivadavia he had called Maradona to talk him out of resigning.

"The interview with Franco's mother was an act of bad faith (by reporters)," Grondona said.