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Peter Shilton On Diego Maradona: "He Had Greatness In Him But Sadly No Sportsmanship"

Peter Shilton On Diego Maradona: "He Had Greatness In Him But Sadly No Sportsmanship"

Peter Shilton has reacted to the death of Diego Maradona, claiming he had "greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship."

Shilton was England's goalkeeper when they played Maradona's Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup.

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The legendary No.10 scored both of his side's goals to secure a spot in the next round, including the infamous 'Hand of God' goal.

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And Shilton says Maradona's actions that game bothered him over the years and reveals he never apologised for scoring with his hand.

He also adds that the late star had "greatness" but no "sportsmanship".

In his column for The Daily Mail, he wrote: "It has bothered me over the years. I won't lie about that now.

"People say I should have cleared the ball anyway and that I let a smaller man outjump me. That's rubbish. He had the run on me but that can happen.

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"He wouldn't have punched it if he knew he could head it, would he? Of course not. So I am OK with all that.

"No, what I don't like is that he never apologised. Never at any stage did he say he had cheated and that he would like to say sorry.

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"Instead, he used his 'Hand of God' line. That wasn't right.

"It seems he had greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship."

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The 71-year-old continued: "My life has long been linked with that of Diego Maradona - and not in the way I would have liked.

"But I am saddened to hear of his passing at such a young age.

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"He was undoubtedly the greatest player I ever faced and my thoughts are with his family."

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Of course, after knocking England out of the tournament, Argentina went onto win the World Cup inspired by Maradona who won the Golden Ball award.

His legacy is etched in football history and will go down as one of the greatest players of all time.

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Topics: Football News, Football, Diego Maradona, England, Argentina, World Cup

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