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Old 08-24-2005, 12:37 PM   #1
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Maradona stands by 'Hand of God'

Maradona stands by 'Hand of God'

Maradona is considered one of football's all-time greats
Argentine football hero Diego Maradona has said he is unrepentant about using his fist in a controversial goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.
Speaking on his TV show, Maradona said the intervention, which he nicknamed "The Hand of God", was justified.

"The truth is that I don't for a second regret scoring that goal with my hand," he said on the programme.

The footballer apparently defended his goal as his response to Britain's claim to the Falkland islands.

He said he wanted to let Argentines and the whole world know the truth about a key moment in football history.

Maradona scored the goal by punching the ball into the net during a jump as goalkeeper Peter Shilton leapt into the air towards the ball.

Argentina won the match 2-1 thanks to a second, impressive goal scored by Maradona, and described by England coach Bobby Robson as "a miracle".

The South American team went on to win the World Cup that year.

'Robbing a thief'

But that first Argentine goal will remain among the most controversial episodes in football history.

From the referee's angle it looked as though Maradona had headed the ball into the back of the net.

After scoring during the quarter-final match, Maradona said the boys came over to celebrate.

"They were quite timid. They came over to embrace me but it was as if they were saying: 'We've robbed them'," he said.

"But I said to them: 'Whoever robs a thief gets a 100-year pardon.'"

The player was apparently referring to the Falklands War, fought unsuccessfully by Argentina against the UK to take control of the islands it claimed as its own.

Maradona's show is called La Noche del Diez (Number Ten Night) - a reference to the Number 10 shirt Maradona wore for the national side.





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Maradona is considered one of football's all-time greats
Argentine football hero Diego Maradona has said he is unrepentant about using his fist in a controversial goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.
Speaking on his TV show, Maradona said the intervention, which he nicknamed "The Hand of God", was justified.

"The truth is that I don't for a second regret scoring that goal with my hand," he said on the programme.

The footballer apparently defended his goal as his response to Britain's claim to the Falkland islands.

He said he wanted to let Argentines and the whole world know the truth about a key moment in football history.


So basically he's saying that the only way Argentina would ever be better than England is by cheating? That sounds about right.

I guess I can understand his rationale here since the man has snorted away all of his brain cells anyway.
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Brings back fond memories of Argentina beating the English team!
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Who am I - a humble mortal person - to question Diego Armando Maradona?
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I guess I can understand his rationale here since the man has snorted away all of his brain cells anyway.

Doesn't change the fact that he was the greatest football player of the last 30 years!
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So basically he's saying that the only way Argentina would ever be better than England is by cheating? That sounds about right.

Or by scoring the most amazing goal in soccer history...



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That move he put on Hoddle on the second goal (that little spin thing) absolutely floors me every time I see it. NOBODY should be able to score a goal like that.
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the cheating little twat wasn't fit to lace the boots of George Best
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George Who?
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George Who?
George Wino.....
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Maradona's so FAT! FATTY FATTY FAT FAT!!!
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Not anymore, though... you should see his recent pictures... he had stomach stapling and that worked pretty well.

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stick to netball & rounders, George who? Jesus Christ!!!
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Forgive me for not knowing the great George Best...

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