Maradona refuges to apologise for Hand of God

Sports Desk | Published: 23:22, May 19,2018 | Updated: 23:56, May 19,2018

 
 

Diego Maradona (L) scores his Hand of God goal past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.

Diego Maradona has snubbed a reunion with Peter Shilton - after the Hand of God cheat refused to apologise, reports the Daily Mirror.
England legend Shilton was ready to meet Maradona next month for the first time since their infamous World Cup quarter final in 1986.
Incredibly, they have never come face-to-face since Maradona punched the ball into the net as Argentina beat England and went onto win the World Cup.
Maradona has never apologised after the most notorious piece of cheating in World Cup history as he described his punch as the ‘hand of God.’
Shilton even asked Twitter users for their opinions in February when the idea first came up - and they clearly did enough to persuade him to do it.
But even though Shilton was ready to forgive and forget, Maradona refused to back down.
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power proposed a get together in London where Shilton would accept an apology from the Argentina legend.
A source revealed: ‘Shilton was keen, but only if the apology was genuine. After all, ’86 caused a lot of hurt.
‘But the word from the Maradona camp was that he refused to do anything with Shilton involved, and that he certainly wouldn’t be apologising.’
Maradona said in 2005: ‘The truth is that I don’t for a second regret scoring that goal with my hand.’
But Shilton, 68, who is England’s most capped player, said recently: ‘There’s always been a bit of bad feeling in terms of the fact he never actually apologised after the game and that’s caused a bit of a rift over the years.
‘What would I say to him? That would be the excitement of the evening. I wouldn’t want to pre-empt that.’
But after Maradona’s latest snub, it would appear that a reunion before this summer’s World Cup will not happen and they will never bury the hatchet after the most notorious piece of cheating in the tournament’s history.

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