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Tunisia: 'Hand of God' referee Nasser praises his 'forever friend' Maradona05:27

Tunisia: 'Hand of God' referee Nasser praises his 'forever friend' Maradona

Tunisia, Tunis
November 27, 2020 at 21:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

The retired Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser shared his memories of Maradona and the "goal of the century" he gave against England in the 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter-final, where Nasser officiated.

Argentina went on to beat England 2-1, with Maradona scoring both of his country's goals in the game. Maradona's second, non-controversial, goal is regarded as one of the greatest in football history.

"He faced the goalkeeper Peter Shilton in the penalty area, and both of them jumped high for the ball," remembers Nasser, continuing: "assistant referee told me that the hands of both Maradona and the goalkeeper were engaged in the play and that it is possible that the goalkeeper's hand was the one that touched the ball. So, the goal was counted." Ever since, Maradona was referring to this goal that brought Argentina victory, as the "hand of God."

Nasser expressed his sorrow for losing his "forever friend" ("eternal amigo"), a phrase that Maradona wrote on a football jersey he gave Nasser as a present after the 1986 game.

"I was very touched by the passing of Maradona because our relationship wasn't limited to a player and a referee relationship, it was rather a friendship," said Nasser adding that he was especially touched, because Maradona, who died at a still relatively young age, was a person who "gave a lot and brought happiness to many people," Nasser concluded.

Tunisia: 'Hand of God' referee Nasser praises his 'forever friend' Maradona05:27
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The retired Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser shared his memories of Maradona and the "goal of the century" he gave against England in the 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter-final, where Nasser officiated.

Argentina went on to beat England 2-1, with Maradona scoring both of his country's goals in the game. Maradona's second, non-controversial, goal is regarded as one of the greatest in football history.

"He faced the goalkeeper Peter Shilton in the penalty area, and both of them jumped high for the ball," remembers Nasser, continuing: "assistant referee told me that the hands of both Maradona and the goalkeeper were engaged in the play and that it is possible that the goalkeeper's hand was the one that touched the ball. So, the goal was counted." Ever since, Maradona was referring to this goal that brought Argentina victory, as the "hand of God."

Nasser expressed his sorrow for losing his "forever friend" ("eternal amigo"), a phrase that Maradona wrote on a football jersey he gave Nasser as a present after the 1986 game.

"I was very touched by the passing of Maradona because our relationship wasn't limited to a player and a referee relationship, it was rather a friendship," said Nasser adding that he was especially touched, because Maradona, who died at a still relatively young age, was a person who "gave a lot and brought happiness to many people," Nasser concluded.

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