This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
UK: British tabloids still bitter over 'cheat' Maradona as Londoners react to Argentine's death03:05

UK: British tabloids still bitter over 'cheat' Maradona as Londoners react to Argentine's death

United Kingdom, London
November 26, 2020 at 16:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

British tabloid newspapers were in an unforgiving mood as they led with images of Diego Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal, as seen in London on Thursday, a day after news broke of the Argentina legend's passing.

One front page asked 'Where was VAR when we needed it?' referring to the recent introduction of video refereeing.

Another brandished him a 'villain' and a 'cheat' over the 1986 World Cup goal which saw Maradona rise above England's Peter Shilton and handle the ball to give Argentina the lead.

He later said the goal had been scored by 'the hand of God but the head of Diego.'

Maradona went on to score the 'Goal of the Century' minutes later, dribbling past half the England team before finding the net.

A local football fan said he had been 'absolutely appalled' by the 'Hand of God' goal but had since forgiven him, unlike the newspapers.

The 1986 match had been played to a backdrop of tension between England and Argentina due to the '82 war over the UK's possession of the Falkland Islands, known as 'Las Malvinas' in Spanish.

Diego Armando Maradona died on Wednesday, 25 November at the age of 60 in Argentina, where he is revered as a hero. In England, however, he will always be painted as the villain.

UK: British tabloids still bitter over 'cheat' Maradona as Londoners react to Argentine's death03:05
No Account? Sign up!
Description

British tabloid newspapers were in an unforgiving mood as they led with images of Diego Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal, as seen in London on Thursday, a day after news broke of the Argentina legend's passing.

One front page asked 'Where was VAR when we needed it?' referring to the recent introduction of video refereeing.

Another brandished him a 'villain' and a 'cheat' over the 1986 World Cup goal which saw Maradona rise above England's Peter Shilton and handle the ball to give Argentina the lead.

He later said the goal had been scored by 'the hand of God but the head of Diego.'

Maradona went on to score the 'Goal of the Century' minutes later, dribbling past half the England team before finding the net.

A local football fan said he had been 'absolutely appalled' by the 'Hand of God' goal but had since forgiven him, unlike the newspapers.

The 1986 match had been played to a backdrop of tension between England and Argentina due to the '82 war over the UK's possession of the Falkland Islands, known as 'Las Malvinas' in Spanish.

Diego Armando Maradona died on Wednesday, 25 November at the age of 60 in Argentina, where he is revered as a hero. In England, however, he will always be painted as the villain.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
04:40
On top of the world! See visitors enjoy ride in world's tallest outdoor lift in ChinaOn top of the world! See visitors enjoy ride in world's tallest outdoor lift in China
January 19, 2021 at 10:29 GMT +00:00
01:30
USA: National Guard troops deployed in DC ahead of Biden inaugurationUSA: National Guard troops deployed in DC ahead of Biden inauguration
January 19, 2021 at 14:10 GMT +00:00
01:47
USA: National Guard buses arrive in DC as Biden's inauguration approachesUSA: National Guard buses arrive in DC as Biden's inauguration approaches
January 20, 2021 at 03:17 GMT +00:00
05:25
Need for speed - South African teen builds own car from scrap metal and spare partsNeed for speed - South African teen builds own car from scrap metal and spare parts
January 19, 2021 at 15:13 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:55
USA: NYPD reinforcements arrive in DC ahead of Biden's inaugurationUSA: NYPD reinforcements arrive in DC ahead of Biden's inauguration
January 19, 2021 at 17:14 GMT +00:00
01:08
USA: Biden inauguration rehearsal interrupted by Washington DC 'security alert'USA: Biden inauguration rehearsal interrupted by Washington DC 'security alert'
January 18, 2021 at 16:27 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:15
March of the Penguins! King penguins from Cincinnati Zoo enjoy ice day outMarch of the Penguins! King penguins from Cincinnati Zoo enjoy ice day out
January 19, 2021 at 04:26 GMT +00:00
04:44
Not child's play! Ten-year-old Iranian female weightlifter becomes local starNot child's play! Ten-year-old Iranian female weightlifter becomes local star
January 19, 2021 at 06:13 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
04:25
USA: Trump extends 'best wishes' to 'new administration' in farewell speechUSA: Trump extends 'best wishes' to 'new administration' in farewell speech
January 19, 2021 at 23:37 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:54
Turkey: Ankara nursing home residents receive COVID vaccineTurkey: Ankara nursing home residents receive COVID vaccine
January 19, 2021 at 16:36 GMT +00:00
01:49
USA: Biden arrives in DC ahead of Inauguration DayUSA: Biden arrives in DC ahead of Inauguration Day
January 20, 2021 at 06:19 GMT +00:00
01:26
Italy: Fire and thunder bring Sicily's sky to life after latest Etna eruptionItaly: Fire and thunder bring Sicily's sky to life after latest Etna eruption
January 19, 2021 at 00:22 GMT +00:00
02:09
Syria: Massive rainfall destroys tents at Idlib refugee campsSyria: Massive rainfall destroys tents at Idlib refugee camps
January 19, 2021 at 19:20 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:40
USA: Blinken pledges to keep US embassy in JerusalemUSA: Blinken pledges to keep US embassy in Jerusalem
January 20, 2021 at 04:04 GMT +00:00
03:46
Iraq: Rubble and damaged buildings still seen in Ramadi 5 years after liberation from ISIraq: Rubble and damaged buildings still seen in Ramadi 5 years after liberation from IS
January 19, 2021 at 02:45 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:10
Just another day at the office… see how Yakut firefighters look after working in -57 C Just another day at the office… see how Yakut firefighters look after working in -57 C
January 19, 2021 at 16:18 GMT +00:00
01:55
USA: Heavy National Guard and police presence in DC ahead of Biden's inaugurationUSA: Heavy National Guard and police presence in DC ahead of Biden's inauguration
January 20, 2021 at 01:44 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:14
Russia: Putin takes plunge in icy waters to mark Orthodox EpiphanyRussia: Putin takes plunge in icy waters to mark Orthodox Epiphany
January 19, 2021 at 12:31 GMT +00:00
02:38
Russia: Orthodox Christians take dip in freezing water to mark Epiphany Russia: Orthodox Christians take dip in freezing water to mark Epiphany
January 19, 2021 at 09:03 GMT +00:00
02:50
USA: Armed demonstrators rally outside Texas State Capitol in AustinUSA: Armed demonstrators rally outside Texas State Capitol in Austin
January 18, 2021 at 11:53 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:30
USA: Kim Jong-un 'likes testing missiles' says Trump after latest NK missile launchesUSA: Kim Jong-un 'likes testing missiles' says Trump after latest NK missile launches
August 24, 2019 at 10:35 GMT +00:00
03:18
Guatemala: Thousands of migrants stranded as troops start clearing US-bound caravanGuatemala: Thousands of migrants stranded as troops start clearing US-bound caravan
January 19, 2021 at 04:51 GMT +00:00
02:30
USA: 'It's so strange' - DC locals discuss heightened security in preparation of Biden's inaugurationUSA: 'It's so strange' - DC locals discuss heightened security in preparation of Biden's inauguration
January 18, 2021 at 23:02 GMT +00:00
View all videos