Diego Maradona, whose career has been in turmoil since last summer's World Cup, has taken another turn for the worse.

Napoli, the Italian League club Maradona plays for, said Thursday that its captain had tested positive for drugs.Giorgio Perinetti, Napoli's sporting director, said the Italian Soccer Federation had notified team president Corrado Ferlaino of the test results, but would not say what Maradona tested positive for.

La Repubblica reported that Maradona tested positive following Napoli's 1-0 victory over Bari on March 17. Maradona assisted on the game's goal.

A spokesman for the Italian Soccer Federation refused comment on La Repubblica's report, but did say that results of a second test will be available by the end of the week. A second test is given, in the presence of a doctor appointed by the player or his club, when the postgame test is positive.