Diego Maradona, the most-acclaimed soccer player in the world, was suspended Saturday for 15 months for using cocaine before a game last month.

The Disciplinary Commission of the Italian League barred the 30-year-old forward from playing through June 30, 1992, a ban that will be extended world-wide by the International Federation of Association Football, soccer's governing body.Maradona's Italian lawyer, Enzo Siniscalchi, said he will appeal the decision to Italy's 10-member Federal Commission of Appeals, which will make a final decision by April 13.

Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup and the 1990 World Cup final, returned home Tuesday and awaited the decision in Buenos Aires.