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Maradona: VAR wouldn’t have stopped my ‘Hand of God’ goal

Argentina legend Diego Maradona admits that VAR would not have detected his controversial goal against England in the quarterfinals in 1986 World Cup in Mexico and he believed that goal would have stood even with the current technology.

Diego Maradona

Maradona has embraced the advancement in technology in football but scoffed at suggestions VAR would have denied him of his iconic ‘Hand of God’ goal.

When asked by Omnisport what would have happened if VAR, which will be used at the World Cup for the first time this year, had been used to chalk off the goal, Maradona said: “Nothing. I would play against the VAR!”

But the legendary forward is otherwise supportive of additional assistance for referees.

“I think there must be technology in football,” he added, speaking courtesy of Hublot. “And football can’t be disconnected from technology because it is everywhere.

“I think VAR is something really good because it reflects what happens on the field. It is not just about recognising a goal or an offside.”


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