It’s 25 years since Maradona cheated England out of a second World Cup


Plenty of important stuff has happened on June 22 throughout history – slavery was outlawed in England back in 1772, Napoleon’s Grand Army invaded Russia in 1812 and Billy Joel performed a concert at the Yankee Stadium in 1990.

But all of that is completely insignificant compared to events at the Estadio Azteca stadium in Mexico City back in 1986. For those of you who haven’t guessed from the headline, that was when England went out of the World Cup 2-0 thanks to two goals from Diego Maradona.

The second one was pretty good (above) although there is some debate about whether the first goal should have stood…

Speaking to The Sun, 1986 substitute Chris Waddle has this to say:

“Of course I still think about what happened that day – it’s amazing to think it’s 25 years ago.

“A lot of England fans I speak to still blame Maradona and still hold a grudge all this time later – and you can see why.

“It’s horrible when something like that happens to your team and he became Public Enemy Number One. The goal should never have stood and what made it worse was that it came at 0-0 and at such a crucial moment.

“We’d been more than holding our own in the game up until that point and felt we could go on to win the tournament.”

It’s kind of like when Frank Lampard ‘scored’ against Germany last summer – that goal could have been crucial with England holding their own at 2-1 down. They probably would have gone on to win the tournament.

Anyway, leaving extreme sarcasm to one side for a second, Waddle rather graciously added:

“There was bitterness about it in the dressing room after the game. We were angry, like every Englishman was.

“But Maradona saw an opportunity and took it. It could have been ruled out with video technology – yet here we are all these years on still waiting for it.”

“A lot of England fans will never forgive Maradona for what he did. But if Gary Lineker had done it at the other end, he’d still be hailed as a hero.”

Here’s the alleged handball goal – complete with dreadful defending in the build-up – and the second goal complete with translated commentary…

Happy Anniversary, everyone!

And the commentary…

2 responses so far
  • Andrew // June 23, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I still remember that world cup. I sat down in my basement to watch England play Morocco. I thought it was going to be an easy win for the George, but it ended in a tie that Morocco should have won by several goals. It was then that I became one of the first North Americans to realize that the English aren’t very good at football. Unfortunately, they’ve gotten much much worse in the past 25 years.
    On the plus side, if you show up in America with an English accent, we’ll believe anything you say!

  • Jon // June 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    England cheated Argentina, Germany and Portugal out of a world cup in 66 so really no one gives a hoot about this, some like me actually love it.

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