Maradona caused a stir Thursday when alleging that Batista accepted payments to include certain players in the national team. But ex-aide Gabriel Buono said the soccer legend was guilty of the same offense.
"He talks about bribes but if you are looking for someone who is corrupt the first person is Maradona. I've got all the evidence," he said.
Maradona has denied accepting bribes, telling Argentina's TyC Sports "the bribes ended" when he took ove rthe national team. The former Boca Juniors and Napoli attacker claimed player agent Carlos Mac Allister offer to pay him for placing player on the national team, a practice alleged to have occurred under Batista and his assistant, Jose Luis Brown.
Batista was a part of the Argentine national team setup before Maradona was appointed coach in November 2008, leading Argentina to the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Batista responded to Maradona's claims by threatening legal action.
"I'm going to court over this because this is a false accusation," Batista said Thursday, speaking in a television interview. "This hurts."
Maradona was appointed coach of the senior national team in November 2008, succeeding Alfio Basile after the former coach resigned with Argentina in danger of missing the 2010 World Cup. Maradona helped the Albiceleste qualify for South Africa 2010, eventually guiding the team to first in their group before a quaterfinal elimination at the hands of Germany.
The former World Cup Golden Ball winner (1986) left the national team after the World Cup, eventually accepting the manager's position at Al Wasl in the United Arab Emirates.
Batista initially succeed Maradona in an interim capacity, but after over Spain early in his tenure, he was given the official head coach's position. His time in charge came to an end after this summer's Copa America. Despite Argentina hosting the competition, Batista was unable to get the Albiceleste past the quarterfinals, leading to his resignation after the tournament.