Peter Shilton refuses to forgive Maradona for Hand of God goal in 1986

Peter Shilton refuses to forgive Maradona for Hand of God goal in 1986

- Peter Shilton remains indignant towards the late Maradona because of the infamous Hand of God moment

- The former England goalkeeper hailed Maradona as a great but also said the Argentine lacked sportsmanship

- Shilton was between the sticks when Maradona scored goals which knocked England out of the World Cup in 1986

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Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has refused to forgive the late Diego Maradona as the legendary Argentine “never apologised” for the infamous goal which knocked out The Three Lions out of the 1986 World Cup.

Diego Maradona: England goalkeeper refuses to forgive legend for infamous Hand of God in 1986
A mural by Argentine artist Santiago Spiga depicts the late Diego Armando Maradona to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his famous "hand of God", in Naples, Italy on June 24, 2016.
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Maradona, as earlier reported, suffered cardiac arrest on Wednesday, November 25 , barely three weeks after emerging from a successful brain surgery.

Since his death, the football world came together in mourning for a player widely regarded as the best of all time. But the likes of Shilton still had a sour taste when it came to the Argentine, 34 years after a historic football moment.

Shilton was the goalkeeper when Maradona scored the infamous Hand of God goal in the 1986 World Cup which ultimately knocked England out of the competition at a time when they were tipped to be one of the favorites to clinch the coveted trophy.

In that match, Maradona scored two memorable goals, the Hand of God, and a famous solo goal where he took the ball from the half way line, beating a string of defenders and the keeper before slotting home.

Despite the outpouring tributes towards Maradona, Shilton still refuses to forgive the late legend for beating him using his hand for the opening goal in 1986.

Recalling the 1886 quarter final, Shilton hit out at Maradona, saying the Argentine “lacked sportsmanship and used the Hand of God Line instead of apologizing”.

"None of us expected what happened next. How could we? He challenged me for a high, looping ball, but knew he wouldn't get it with his head, so he punched it into the net. A clear offence. Cheating,” Shilton wrote in Daily Mail

Shilton might have questioned Maradona’s integrity, but there was no denying the Argentine’s talents and it was proven four minutes later in the same match when he scored what has been dubbed the Goal of the Century.

Gary Lineker pulled a goal back for England 10 minutes from time but it prove to be a consolation as England bowed out of the competition quite painfully.

Shilton was so irate for Maradona’s Hand of God that he never spoke to the Argentine again up until Maradona’s death.

There have been several attempts to get the pair together for an interview but Shilton, who is England’s most capped player, has always turned them down as he claims there have been no suggestions that Maradona would come to apologise.

Unapologetically Diego

It is quite disheartening that Maradona passed away barely weeks after celebrating his 60th birthday, but his ‘mafia’ personality still stayed with him long after his glory days.

As a matter of fact, Maradona hilariously suggested that for his 60th birthday , he would have loved another hand of God against England.

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Source: Sports Brief News