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Sport Maradona had greatness but no sportsmanship: England's Shilton

07:05  26 november  2020
07:05  26 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Obituary: Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer genius who saw heaven and hell, dead at 60

  Obituary: Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer genius who saw heaven and hell, dead at 60 Obituary: Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer genius who saw heaven and hell, dead at 60Maradona had died after suffering a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, those close to him confirmed. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning.

It has been 12,576 days since Diego Maradona ’s “Hand of God” goal – not that those working for England ’ s newspapers are counting. Instead, he used his ‘Hand of God’ line. That wasn’t right. It seems he had greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship .”

Argentina soccer great Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, a source close Regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Maradona became a household name He took center stage at the tournament with a memorable performance against England where he scored an

(Reuters) - Diego Maradona had greatness in him but his refusal to apologise for his 'Hand of God' goal that helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup proved he lacked sportsmanship, former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has said.

Peter Shilton wearing a suit and tie: The Best FIFA Football Awards - Finalists Announcement © Reuters/JOHN SIBLEY The Best FIFA Football Awards - Finalists Announcement

Maradona died after suffering a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires on Wednesday, less than a month after his 60th birthday.

Shilton was in goal for England during their World Cup quarter-final in Mexico, when six minutes into the second half Maradona leapt in front of him to touch a high ball into the net with his fist after the keeper had charged out to punch clear.

"A genius, a true magician": Reactions to Maradona's death

 The football world is mourning Diego Armando Maradona. Reactions to the death of the Argentine national hero ... © imago images World Cup final 1986: Toni Schumacher helps Diego Armando Maradona up. Rudi Völler: "Diego Maradona's death hits me a lot. He was my year, we were often opponents at World Cups and in Italy. A wonderful player His early death is a big blow for football and for Diego's family." Bodo Illgner: "I'm sad. Of course I have the 1990 World Cup final with him.

England has endured more than its share of dark days throughout the last forty or so years. Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle in 1990. Just four minutes later, Maradona seized upon a loose ball in midfield, engineering just enough space that his talent required.

The 1986 quarter-final between England and Argentina is famous for one of football’ s most iconic So Maradona replanted the pole. But the flag had fallen off the top, and Morera demanded that went Argentina had most of the ball but did very little with it, though Maradona looked dangerous when

"A clear offence. Cheating," Shilton wrote in the Daily Mail.

"As he ran away to celebrate he even looked back twice, as if waiting for the referee's whistle. He knew what he had done. Everybody did -- apart from the referee and two linesmen."

Maradona struck again four minutes later with arguably the greatest goal ever scored at a World Cup after dribbling his way past half the England team, but Shilton said the Argentine's first goal was the one that mattered.

"I don't care what anybody says, it won the game for Argentina," he added.

"He scored a brilliant second almost immediately, but we were still reeling from what had happened minutes earlier ... It has bothered me over the years. I won't lie about that now."

Shilton said the fact Maradona had never apologised still rankled with him and his England team mates from that World Cup.

"It seems he had greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship ... Most of the England team who played in Mexico feel the way I do to this day," the 71-year-old said.

"On the football field, players do things that maybe they shouldn't do. It happens in the heat of the moment. But if that had been anyone from our England team, I would like to think he would have admitted it afterwards.

"I hope it doesn't taint Maradona's legacy."

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Maradona's backroom staff at Gimnasia y Esgrima resign en masse .
The Argentine club coached by Diego Maradona at the time of his death faced another blow on Friday as the star's backroom staff resigned en masse. 'It is a decision we comprehend and shows the humanity of the group that worked so well with Diego Maradona,' Gimnasia y Esgrima said in a statement.Assistant coach Sebastian Mendez had led the club since Maradona entered hospital for brain surgery the first week of November and was expected to continue in place of the star, who died on Wednesday from a heart attack.

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