Diego Maradona has thrown his support behind the call for video assistant referees (VARs) even though the absence of one made his famous Hand of God possible in 1986.
Maradona’s hand of God goal helped knock out England in the quarterfinals of 1986 World Cup. But in spite of this, the football legend believes football needs to adopt VAR.
“I always think about my goal when I vocalise my support for a Virtual Assistant referee. He said in an interview with FIFA.”
“I have though about it and without a doubt, my goal would have been ruled out.”
I Cheated Twice
Maradona opened up that he didn’t just benefit from the absence of technology once but two times at the World Cup.
“I have something else to reveal, during the 1990 World Cup in Italy. I made use of my hands to stop a goal in a group game that we played against The Soviet Union.” he said.
“We got lucky as the referee didn’t catch it and he didn’t have access to technology like we do now.”
Maradona also referenced the goal that Geoff Hurst scored for England which would not have stood if there was VAR.
“England took home the World Cup title with a shot which didn’t cross the line” he went further.
“There are a lot of footballing results that could have been different today if we had the technology to back things up and now that we do, things have got to change.”
Diego Maradona is currently working in the UAE as a coach.