Maradona planning TV, Internet channel

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Diego Maradona is preparing to launch his own television and Internet channel.

A company identified as On & Off Holdings said Thursday the launch will take place next week, though it offered few details and did not say exactly where or when the channel could be viewed. It did not explain the format.

Maradona has been widely criticized as the coach of Argentina, which struggled to qualify for this year’s World Cup in South Africa. However, he is no stranger to television. In 2005 his Argentine talk show “La Noche del 10 (The Night of the No. 10)” soared to unexpected popularity.