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Gary Lineker has slammed the referee who allowed Diego Maradona‘s ‘hand of god’ function after it used to be printed he plans on promoting the fit ball for hundreds of thousands at an public sale in the United Kingdom subsequent month, wondering how he’s in ownership of it within the first position.

The mythical past due Argentine’s arguable function – that noticed him punch the ball into the online previous England goalkeeper Peter Shilton – has long past down in historical past as some of the iconic carrying moments, and noticed the 3 Lions overwhelmed 2-1.

The loss noticed England eradicated from the 1986 Global Cup event in Mexico.

The mythical past due Argentine’s arguable function – that noticed him punch the ball into the online previous England goalkeeper Peter Shilton (pictured) – has long past down in historical past as some of the iconic carrying moments, and noticed the 3 Lions overwhelmed 2-1

Now, the referee from the match - Tunisian Ali Bin Nasser - is selling the Adidas Azteca (pictured) at auction, with bids expected to come in at around £2.5 million to £3 million

Now, the referee from the fit – Tunisian Ali Bin Nasser – is promoting the Adidas Azteca (pictured) at public sale, with bids anticipated to come back in at round £2.5 million to £3 million

Maradona and Ali Bin Nasser were reunited in 2015

Maradona and Ali Bin Nasser had been reunited in 2015

Now, the referee from the fit – Tunisian Ali Bin Nasser – is promoting the ball with Graham Budd Auctions on November 16, with bids anticipated to come back in at round £2.5 million to £3 million.

It used to be printed that the bungling professional grabbed the ball on the finish of the fit, and has saved in a cabinet at his house in Tunisia ever since.

Lineker, who scored England’s solitary function within the fit – that still noticed Maradona rating a 2d that many believe to be the most productive ever – joined different England fanatics in shared his exasperation over the sale of the well-known Adidas Azteca.

‘How the hell did the referee finally end up with the ball? Am I over it? Yeah, after all I’m. Now not,’ the 61-year-old player-turned-pundit mentioned on Thursday.

New of the public sale comes lower than six months after Maradona’s blouse that he wore all over the similar sport used to be sold for £7m by former England midfielder Steve Hodge, who had swapped shirts with the mythical participant after the overall whistle. 

It used to be an international listing for a work of sports activities memorabilia. 

‘I am so delighted the ref will money in on his cock-up,’ Lineker later added, chatting with TalkSport. ‘I imply, it used to be honest with Steve Hodge. However the gall of the referee holding the ball in his cabinet for all his time and now he’ll money in at the greatest referee’s mistake within the historical past of Global Cup soccer. I imply, in point of fact?’ 

Gary Lineker (pictured), who scored England's solitary goal in the match - that also saw Maradona score a second that many consider to be the best ever - joined other England fans in shared his exasperation over the sale of the famous ball

Gary Lineker (pictured), who scored England’s solitary function within the fit – that still noticed Maradona rating a 2d that many believe to be the most productive ever – joined different England fanatics in shared his exasperation over the sale of the well-known ball

Pictured: Tunisian Ali Bin Nasser holds the match ball as Argentina captain Diego Maradona (left) shakes hands with England captain Peter Shilton (right)

Pictured: Tunisian Ali Bin Nasser holds the fit ball as Argentina captain Diego Maradona (left) shakes arms with England captain Peter Shilton (proper)

England striker Gary Lineker (second left) heads in the England goal during the FIFA 1986 World Cup quarter-finals defeat by Argentina in the Azteca stadium on June 22

England striker Gary Lineker (2d left) heads within the England function all over the FIFA 1986 Global Cup quarter-finals defeat via Argentina within the Azteca stadium on June 22

Different fanatics additionally expressed their anger. ‘Maradona used to be a cheat however no less than he used to be a super footballer. This man has no disgrace,’ one informed The Sun. Some other mentioned: ‘The ball is most effective well-known on account of his horrible resolution. The public sale must be stopped.’

Nasser, who’s now 78, has two sons. He intends to separate the proceeds from the sale between his circle of relatives, in line with stories. 

Explaining why he has now made up our minds to money in at the coveted fit ball, Ali Bin Nasser mentioned: ‘This ball is a part of world soccer historical past – it looks like the best time to be sharing it with the sector.

‘At Mexico ’86 I used to be a few of the 42 referees on the event,’ he mentioned.

‘African referees did not get the similar alternatives as the ones in Europe, with the intention to be informed via FIFA that I used to be selected as a result of I used to be one of the best on the earth used to be an enormous honour and a occupation spotlight.’

Nasser and Bulgarian linesman Bogdan Dochev, who died in 2017, all the time blamed each and every different for failing to note Maradona’s hand punch the ball into the online.

‘As for Maradona’s first function I could not see the incident obviously, the 2 gamers Shilton and Maradona had been going through me from at the back of. 

Bin Nasser (L) said it felt like the right time to sell the ball

Maradona had controversially punched the ball into the net to leave England furious

Referee Bin Nasser (left) mentioned it felt like the best time to promote the ball Maradona (proper) scored the function with

It comes months after Maradona's shirt from the game collected £7m at auction - the highest fee for any sports memorabilia after being sold by ex-England star Steve Hodge (top left)

It comes months after Maradona’s blouse from the sport accumulated £7m at public sale – the best price for any sports activities memorabilia after being bought via ex-England big name Steve Hodge (most sensible left)

‘As consistent with FIFA’s directions issued sooner than the event I appeared to my linesman for affirmation of the validity of the function – he made his as far back as the midway line indicating he used to be glad that the function must stand. 

‘On the finish of the fit the England head trainer Bobby Robson mentioned to me, ‘You probably did a just right process however the linesman used to be irresponsible’. 

Maradona – recognised as some of the biggest footballers to ever play the sport – died on the age of 60 from a middle assault in 2020. 

The time period ‘Hand of God’ used to be coined via Maradona himself, who described the function after the sport as ‘a bit with the pinnacle of Maradona, and a bit with the hand of God’. He admitted it used to be a punch in 2005.

The incident ended in furore from England gamers – with defender Terry Butcher and Peter Shilton nonetheless seething to nowadays and vowing by no means to omit the instant.

Graham Budd, chairman of Graham Budd Auctions, mentioned his company had been anticipating the ball to be ‘vastly widespread’ at public sale after being excited about ‘some of the well-known and emotive suits in historical past’. 

‘The timing of the fit, the historical past between the 2 groups stretching again to 1951 (the primary quarter ultimate between the 2 groups in 1966 used to be additionally arguable for the sending off of the Argentinian captain Antonio Rattan), and the well-known handball have all ended in this fit taking place as some of the well-known and emotive suits in soccer historical past. 

Maradona - seen as one of the greatest players of all time - died from a heart attack at the age of 60 in 2020

Maradona – noticed as some of the biggest gamers of all time – died from a middle assault on the age of 60 in 2020

The World Cup top player Diego Maradona of Argentina (left) and the World Cup top scorer Gary Lineker of England (right) at the Adidas Golden Shoe Awards in Paris, September 1986

The Global Cup most sensible participant Diego Maradona of Argentina (left) and the Global Cup most sensible scorer Gary Lineker of England (proper) on the Adidas Golden Shoe Awards in Paris, September 1986

‘With the historical past surrounding the ball, we expect this lot to be vastly widespread when it comes up for public sale.’

Bin Nasser has no longer defined how the ball got here into his ownership as an alternative of Maradona – however typically, the referee will take the fit ball after the overall whistle if no participant has scored a hat-trick. 

In 2015, Maradona and Bin Nasser had been reunited in Tunisia when the Argentine legend visited the referee’s house, giving him a signed jersey.

‘I informed him ‘it wasn’t Argentina that gained the Global Cup that 12 months, it used to be Maradona’,’ Bin Nasser informed the BBC in their assembly. 

‘He answered: ‘Had it no longer been for you, I would not have been ready to attain the function of the century’. ‘He gave me a signed jersey that mentioned ‘Para Ali Mi Amigo Everlasting’. (For Ali, my buddy perpetually).’

After the event, Nasser by no means officiated at a Global Cup once more. 

After their victory over England, Argentina went directly to win the event, beating Germany within the ultimate 3-2.

Saying the public sale, Nasser described refereeing the fit as a ‘dream come true’. ‘I consider gazing the 1966 Global Cup ultimate between England [and Germany] when I used to be 22, and considering ‘someday I will be at a fit like that,’ he mentioned.

‘Then simply over two decades later I used to be refereeing the similar groups face to face at 1 / 4 ultimate. In that appreciate the ’86 fit used to be a dream come true.

‘After Lineker’s function bringing the scoreline to 2-1 my clearest reminiscence is simply hoping England would rating an equaliser in order that the gang and I might get every other half-hour of this magical fit,’ he recalled.

On why he used to be promoting the ball in the United Kingdom, he mentioned: ‘England is the house of soccer, and has been because the sport began,’ including: ‘I am hoping the consumer is able to put it on show or percentage it with the general public in another means.’

How Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ function sparked lifelong feud between the referee and assistant… who used to be tormented to his demise day via resolution that helped finish England’s 1986 Global Cup dream

Via Harry Howard, Historical past Correspondent For MailOnline

They had been the boys who may have modified historical past – if most effective that they had disallowed the sector’s most renowned function in entrance of greater than 100,000 fanatics. 

When Diego Maradona scored his notorious ‘Hand of God’ function in opposition to England within the 1986 Global Cup, the fit’s Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser and his Bulgarian assistant Bogdan Dotchev exchanged hesitant glances. 

Even supposing it used to be then unclear if both guy had noticed the Argentine’s foul, it used to be obtrusive from the response of England’s gamers that one thing used to be tremendously incorrect within the stadium in Mexico Town. 

However the two males didn’t be in contact at the pitch – partly for the reason that referee spoke French and English and Dotchev German and Spanish – and as an alternative blamed each and every different for failing to behave. 

The function used to be given and, after talking thru a translator within the dressing room after the fit – which England misplaced following a 2d function from Maradona’s – Bin Nasser and Dotchev by no means spoke ever once more.

As an alternative, within the just about 4 many years that experience adopted that momentous fit, the 2 males persevered to put the duty on each and every different for permitting the function. 

Dotchev, who died elderly 80 in 2017 after being haunted for the remainder of his existence for failing to behave, in spite of everything admitted in 2014 that he had noticed Maradona punch the ball past England keeper Peter Shilton. 

However he informed the Bulgarian media that international governing frame FIFA didn’t then permit assistants to talk about a call with a referee, and added that if a Eu have been put answerable for the sport, Maradona’s function would had been disallowed.  

Bin Nasser insisted in 2001 that his assistant have been ‘higher positioned’ than him and he ‘made up our minds to believe his judgement’, including that he believed he ‘had a just right sport’.  

In an interview later in existence, Bin Nasser, who’s now elderly 78, persevered responsible Dotchev, pronouncing that his assistant ‘didn’t elevate his flag’. 

He additionally printed that, for 3 years after the fit, the Bulgarian would ‘write him a bit observe’ yearly. He claimed it learn: ‘My brother, my colleague, there used to be most effective the hand of Shilton’. 

The past due soccer icon, who died in 2020 elderly 60, swapped shirts with England midfielder Steve Hodge and the previous participant had owned the valuable merchandise ever since till the previous day’s sale. 

They were the men who could have changed history - if only they had ruled out the world's most famous goal in front of more than 100,000 fans. When Diego Maradona scored his infamous 'Hand of God' goal against England in the 1986 World Cup, the match's Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser his Bulgarian assistant Bogdan Dotchev exchanged hesitant glances. Above: The moment that Maradona handballed the ball beyond England's Peter Shilton during England's match against Argentina

They had been the boys who may have modified historical past – if most effective that they had dominated out the sector’s most renowned function in entrance of greater than 100,000 fanatics. When Diego Maradona scored his notorious ‘Hand of God’ function in opposition to England within the 1986 Global Cup, the fit’s Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser his Bulgarian assistant Bogdan Dotchev exchanged hesitant glances. Above: The instant that Maradona handballed the ball past England’s Peter Shilton all over England’s fit in opposition to Argentina

Even though it was then unclear if either man had seen the Argentine's foul, it was obvious from the reaction of England's players that something was drastically wrong. Above: Nasser (centre), with Dotchev (right) and other linesman Ulloa Morera

Even supposing it used to be then unclear if both guy had noticed the Argentine’s foul, it used to be obtrusive from the response of England’s gamers that one thing used to be tremendously incorrect. Above: Nasser (centre), with Dotchev (proper) and different linesman Ulloa Morera

In May, the shirt that Maradona was wearing during the match against England was sold for a record-breaking £7.1million. Pictured: The shirt on display at Sotheby's in London before it was sold

In Would possibly, the blouse that Maradona used to be dressed in all over the fit in opposition to England used to be bought for a record-breaking £7.1million. Pictured: The blouse on show at Sotheby’s in London sooner than it used to be bought

Maradona scored his notorious function – the primary of the sport – within the 51st minute of the fit in opposition to England, who had been controlled via the past due Bobby Robson. 

Tv replays, which have been being watched via an estimated one thousand million other folks around the globe, obviously confirmed how the participant had used his left hand to push the ball above and past Shilton 

4 mins later, the participant dribbled previous 5 shell-shocked England gamers: Peter Bearsley, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher, Terry Fenwick, Butcher once more after which goalkeeper Shilton. 

The second one strike turned into referred to as the ‘Purpose of the Century’. 

A function on the different finish via Gary Lineker used to be no longer sufficient to rescue England they usually misplaced the fit 2-1. 

After the fit, Robson informed how the primary function used to be ‘doubtful’ and the second used to be ‘a miracle’. 

‘Now we have misplaced to an excellent workforce. It’s not simple and now we have finished the easiest lets do,’ he added. 

The notorious handball won its nickname after Maradona’s first phrases following the fit, through which he mentioned the function used to be made ‘a bit with the pinnacle of Maradona, and a bit with the hand of God’. 

The sport used to be additionally remembered for the animosity between England and Argentina, each at the pitch and amongst fanatics. The fit used to be being performed simply 4 years after Britain’s victory within the Falklands Warfare. 

Sooner than the soccer started, Argentine fanatics booed the England nationwide anthem and there have been sporadic skirmishes between fanatics all over and after the sport. 

Reacting to the ‘Hand of God’ function, Shilton mentioned afterwards: ‘It used to be such an obtrusive handball. The referee and the linesman checked out each and every different however neither could be certain. Maradona took a possibility and were given away with it.’  

After the fit, Bin Nasser, whose title may be spelled Bennaceur, mentioned: ‘I needed to make the verdict on the time, I used to be the spot. 

‘I’ve no longer watched any of the replays or appeared on the paper. The referee is the person who will have to make up his personal thoughts and stick via his resolution. This is all there may be to it. It is a part of the sport.’ 

Bin Nasser insisted in 2001 that his assistant had been 'better placed' than him and he 'decided to trust his judgement', adding that he believed he 'had a good game'. Pictured: Bin Nasser in 2020 holding a loft a signed Maradona shirt which the former player gave him during a 2015 visit to his home in Tunisia

Bin Nasser insisted in 2001 that his assistant have been ‘higher positioned’ than him and he ‘made up our minds to believe his judgement’, including that he believed he ‘had a just right sport’. Pictured: Bin Nasser in 2020 preserving a loft a signed Maradona blouse which the previous participant gave him all over a 2015 discuss with to his house in Tunisia

Dotchev, who died aged 80 in 2017 after being haunted for the rest of his life for failing to act, finally admitted in 2014 that he had seen Maradona punch the ball beyond England keeper Peter Shilton

Dotchev, who died elderly 80 in 2017 after being haunted for the remainder of his existence for failing to behave, in spite of everything admitted in 2014 that he had noticed Maradona punch the ball past England keeper Peter Shilton

Maradona is seen shaking hands with England captain Peter Shilton before the match kicked off. Behind them is referee Bin Nasser and Dotchev

Maradona is noticed shaking arms with England captain Peter Shilton sooner than the fit kicked off. At the back of them is referee Bin Nasser and Dotchev

: Captains Diego Maradona of Argentina and Peter Shilton of England attend a coin-toss prior to the World Cup Mexico Quarter Final match between Argentina and England

: Captains Diego Maradona of Argentina and Peter Shilton of England attend a coin-toss previous to the Global Cup Mexico Quarter Ultimate fit between Argentina and England

Match officials Bin Nasser, Ulloa and Dotchev are seen lining up alongside players before the match kicked off in Mexico City

Fit officers Bin Nasser, Ulloa and Dotchev are noticed lining up along gamers sooner than the fit kicked off in Mexico Town

The players from Argentina and England walk onto the pitch during the 1986 FIFA World Cup Quarter Final on June 22, 1986 at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Mexico

The gamers from Argentina and England stroll onto the pitch all over the 1986 FIFA Global Cup Quarter Ultimate on June 22, 1986 on the Azteca Stadium in Mexico Town, Mexico

Maradona is seen scoring his second goal against England, which came just four minutes after his 'Hand of God' punch

Maradona is noticed scoring his 2d function in opposition to England, which got here simply 4 mins after his ‘Hand of God’ punch

The moment that changed football forever: Maradona punches the ball beyond England's Peter Shilton and into the back of the net

The instant that modified soccer perpetually: Maradona punches the ball past England’s Peter Shilton and into the again of the online

He additionally claimed that he had neglected the handball as a result of haemorrhoid remedy had effected his sight.  

The referee used to be talking in French on account of his incapacity to be in contact in English. The language barrier additionally intended that he may no longer provide an explanation for his evaluations or choices to gamers. 

In spite of Bin Nasser seeming to take duty for permitting the function in his feedback instantly following the fit, years later he pinned the blame on Dotchev. 

‘I used to be looking ahead to Dotchev to offer me a touch of what precisely took place however he did not sign for a handball. And the directions Fifa gave us sooner than the sport had been transparent – if a colleague used to be in a greater place than mine, I must appreciate his view,’ he mentioned. 

Dotchev then hit again along with his declare {that a} Eu referee must had been put answerable for the sport. 

The 1986 event used to be Bin Nasser’s sole Global Cup revel in. Outdoor of the sector of soccer, he labored as an engineer. 

Dotchev have been a certified participant within the Nineteen Sixties and had performed within the Bulgarian first department. He additionally had a point in finance. 

In 2001, at the fifteenth anniversary of the fit, Bin Nasser informed an Argentine newspaper: ‘After Maradona scored I hesitated for a second, however then I noticed Dotchev operating in opposition to the centre of the pitch. 

The Daily Mail's front page proclaimed how England had been beaten by 'Magic Man' Maradona after his 'Hand of God' goal

The Day-to-day Mail’s entrance web page proclaimed how England have been overwhelmed via ‘Magic Guy’ Maradona after his ‘Hand of God’ function

The sport headline - 'Hand it to Diego - played on the fact that Maradona had cheated to score the goal

The game headline – ‘Hand it to Diego – performed on the truth that Maradona had cheated to attain the function

‘And since he used to be higher positioned than me I made up our minds to believe his judgment. It doesn’t matter what took place I nonetheless assume I had a just right sport.’

However Dotchev insisted that his counterpart used to be ‘no longer smartly ready sufficient’ to referee ‘such the most important sport’. 

The Bulgarian gained abuse in his house nation for his section within the fit, with some even calling him ‘a countrywide traitor’, he mentioned in an interview. 

After his demise in 2018, his widow Emily printed he ‘withdrew into himself’ after the hurricane of controversy. 

Dotchev even scrawled ‘Maradona is my gravedigger’ at the again of a photograph of the participant.  

Emily claimed Bin Nasser had informed her husband sooner than the fixture ‘you do not have to do any paintings – it’s going to all be my calls’.

‘I will by no means forgive that referee and I will by no means forgive Diego Maradona,’ she mentioned, in line with The Solar.

‘After the Global Cup our existence used to be ruined. Bogdan withdrew into himself and buddies by no means mentioned hi to me once more. It wasn’t a Hand of God for us, it used to be a kick within the tooth.’ 

Talking in 2015, Dotchev in spite of everything admitted that he had noticed Maradona’s handball however claimed FIFA rulings mentioned he must most effective be offering his verdict to the referee if requested to take action. 

‘I noticed the Argentinian performed with hand. All the way through the ones occasions FIFA’s regulations allowed to the assistant referee to offer his opinion provided that requested via the referee,’ he mentioned.’ 

‘The referee admitted the function even sooner than looking at me to test the location. We by no means had a verbal exchange – Bin Nasser knew most effective his local language.’

England's players are seen lining up alongside their Argentine counterparts before their respective national anthems were played. Argentine fans booed England's rendition of God Save the Queen

England’s gamers are noticed lining up along their Argentine opposite numbers sooner than their respective nationwide anthems had been performed. Argentine fanatics booed England’s rendition of God Save the Queen

Shilton shakes hands with Maradona in front of the match officials. Shilton said after the match: 'It was such an obvious handball. The referee and the linesman looked at each other but neither would be positive. Maradona took a chance and got away with it'

Shilton shakes arms with Maradona in entrance of the fit officers. Shilton mentioned after the fit: ‘It used to be such an obtrusive handball. The referee and the linesman checked out each and every different however neither could be certain. Maradona took a possibility and were given away with it’

The previous referee additionally blamed Maradona for destroying his occupation and his existence. 

He mentioned: ‘Diego Maradona ruined my existence. He is a smart footballer however a small guy. He’s low in top and as an individual too.’

Not like Dotchev, Bin Nasser persevered operating in soccer and went directly to change into a part of a committee that labored to reform Tunisian soccer. One among his sons additionally adopted him into refereeing. 

England midfielder Hodge used to be the participant who by chance flicked the ball to Maradona sooner than his notorious function. 

Despite the fact that he has owned Maradona’s blouse ever because the fit, the treasure has spent the ultimate two decades on mortgage on the Nationwide Soccer Museum in Manchester. 

It used to be bought at Sotheby’s in Would possibly this 12 months – marking a brand new public sale listing for any merchandise of sports activities memorabilia.

The public sale area described the well-known blue quantity 10 jersey on its website online as in ‘just right general situation in line with heavy use, perspiration and athletic task’ with ‘slight de-threading on hemming at the entrance backside of blouse, and minor spots all over’.

Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and fashionable collectables, mentioned: ‘This historical blouse is a tangible reminder of the most important second no longer most effective within the historical past of sports activities, however within the historical past of the 20 th century.

‘Within the weeks since we introduced the public sale now we have been inundated via sports activities fanatics and creditors alike, with a palpable pleasure within the air throughout the general public exhibition – and this unfiltered enthusiasm used to be echoed within the bidding.

Former England midfield player Steve Hodge with the infamous Argentina shirt in 1997. He and Maradona swapped shirts after the match

Former England midfield participant Steve Hodge with the notorious Argentina blouse in 1997. He and Maradona swapped shirts after the fit

‘That is arguably essentially the most coveted soccer blouse to ever come to public sale, and so it’s becoming that it now holds the public sale listing for any object of its type.’

In his autobiography, Maradona, who died in November 2020 on the age of 60, mentioned: ‘It used to be like beating a rustic, no longer a soccer workforce.’

And in interviews in later existence, he referred to the 2 referees within the 1986 fit as ‘my amigos’. In 2015, he visited Bin Nasser at his house in Tunisia and gave him one in all his shirts. 

The previous referee posed for photos with the signed blouse in 2020.  

The former public sale listing for any sports activities memorabilia used to be the unique autographed manuscript of the Olympic Manifesto from 1892, which bought at Sotheby’s for 8.8 million US greenbacks in December 2019.

It emerged after the sale that Argentina need the blouse’s new proprietor to let the blouse be exhibited within the South American nation on October 30, when Maradona would had been 62. 

Argentine collector Marcelo Ordas broke down in tears after dropping out within the bidding procedure. 

The consumer remained nameless, however there are stories the blouse’s new house owners are from the Heart East and are related to Manchester Town.   


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