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Diego Maradona threatens to sue Konami for using his likeness in PES 2017

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Diego Maradona, a retired professional football player, has vowed to sue Konami for using his likeness without permission in Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. Konami say they had permission, however. 

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In a post on Facebook, the Argentine star said his lawyer would “initiate appropriate legal action”. He apparently only realised he was in the game a couple of days ago.

Maradona shows up in the game in myClub mode as one of the ‘Legends’, where he’s joined by other retired players such as Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, and Gary Lineker.

Konami have since released a statement, via Kotaku:

“At this time, there have been news that in Winning Eleven 2017 (international title: PES 2017 Pro Evolution Soccer) there is one player that is being used without permission; however, our company is using [this character] appropriately, with the basis of the license within the contract.”