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England goalkeeper who was beaten by Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal at the 1986 World Cup refuses to forgive him

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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 The Three Lions out of the 1986 World Cup.

Maradona, as earlier reported, suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday, November 25, barely three weeks after emerging from 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 favourites 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 halfway 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 

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