Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton says Diego Maradona tried to disguise the handball that secured the notorious Hand of God objective which helped Argentina knock England out of the 1986 World Cup however didn’t anticipate his effort to face.
Maradona died aged 60 after struggling a coronary heart assault at his residence within the suburbs of Buenos Aires on Wednesday, lower than a month after his 60th birthday.
The striker’s objective within the 2-1 victory over England, when he punched the ball over Shilton, has rankled with England followers ever since and the goalkeeper by no means forgave Maradona though he did acknowledge him as one of many recreation’s greats.
“It’s occurred earlier than and it’ll in all probability occur once more. If a striker is aware of he’s not going to get the ball he takes an opportunity… He doesn’t lose something,” Shilton informed Sky Sports activities.
“But it surely was fairly intelligent as a result of he flicked his head on the identical time. He has a really fast soccer mind and he knew what he was doing… I don’t suppose he anticipated to get away with it however he did.
“It’s the worst feeling ever. As a group we went, ‘We will’t imagine that’. World Cup quarter-final… everybody else within the stadium noticed it and so they (the officers) had been the one ones who didn’t. It was poor refereeing.”
Maradona struck once more 4 minutes later with arguably the best objective ever scored at a World Cup after dribbling his well past half the England group, however Shilton stated the Argentine’s first objective was the one which mattered.
“It was a sign actually, as a result of it was the primary objective in a good recreation. When he cheated, quite a lot of the gamers in addition to me complained… I used to be chasing the referee. But it surely stood,” Shilton added.
“Later, I feel it was a foul once more for us earlier than the ball broke to Maradona, the referee didn’t give it and the remaining is historical past.”