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Diego Maradona Reunites With England ’86 Ref Who Allowed His Hand of God Goal

Diego Maradona Reunites With England ’86 Ref Who Allowed His Hand of God Goal

It may have happened some 29 years ago, but for many it’ll be a day they will never forget, when Diego Maradona scored his famous “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

The referee that day was the Tunisian official Ali Bennaceur, who somewhat coincidently never took charge of another World Cup match after his blunder.

And while Bennaceur didn’t exactly endear himself to the England support or the big wigs at FIFA, he did win the “eternal” friendship of the man he let off the hook – Maradona.

The 72-year-old proudly hangs a photo of the moment Maradona punched the ball into the England net in his home in Tunisia

The former Barcelona star decided to meet with Bennaceur this week and took to Facebook to salute his old friend.

Maradona said:

“This weekend I visited Tunisia and I had an emotional reunion with Ali Bennaceur, the referee of the England match in Mexico 1986.

I gave him an Argentina shirt and he gave me the picture of that game that hangs in his home.

My dedication: ‘For Ali, my eternal friend’ “

Argentina of course went on to win the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, with Maradona’s scintillating performances a definite highlight.

And so the meeting between the two, some 30 years later, is definitely a touching one.

Unless you’re an England fan of course…

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@StuartHynd

Staff Editor

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