Peter Shilton says Diego Maradona had greatness but never showed any sportsmanship

Peter Shilton says Diego Maradona had greatness but never showed any sportsmanship

- Peter Shilton is yet to get over the Hand of God goal scored by Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup

- The legendary England goalkeeper claims the ex-Argentine midfielder never apologised for cheating

- Argentina won the World Cup after eliminating the Three Lions in the quarter-finals with Maradona scoring both goals

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Peter Shilton is still pained from the event of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico when Argentina knocked out England in the quarter-finals.

The legendary goalkeeper claims Diego Maradona had greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship when speaking of his death.

Maradona scored both goals in the last eight including the Hand of God goal that led Argentina in lifting their second world title.

Peter Shilton says Maradona had greatness but never no sportsmanship
Peter Shilton says Maradona had greatness but never no sportsmanship. Photo by Paul Popper and S&G/PA Images
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Shilton insisted that the football icon never apologized for cheating with the event still lingering in his memory after 34 years.

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The 71-year-old said:

"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.
"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.
"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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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Diego Maradona is gone but his memories still linger as Napoli's San Paolo stadium has been renamed after him.

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The footballing world was shocked with the demise of arguably the greatest player to have played the round leather game.

And the Serie A side have taken it upon themselves to give him the highest honour as a former player of the club.

All major three trophies won in Napoli's history has been inspired by the late Maradona with two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup.

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