Maradona: Shilton needs to get over 'hand of God' goal

The Argentina legend urges the ex-England goalkeeper to stop living in the past and insists he will not apologise for the infamous moment in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico
Diego Maradona has lambasted former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, against whom he netted his 'hand of God' goal in the 1986 World Cup, for snubbing him during a recent trip to Abu Dhabi.

The Al Wasl coach, who has been visited by the likes of Robin van Persie, Roberto Carlos and former England midfielder Peter Reid in recent months, was unhappy about being ignored by the ex-Nottingham Forest man, who had flown into the Arabian peninsula on a media trip.

Shilton recently revealed in an interview that Maradona's 'hand of God' goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final still bothered him and that he would not offer his hand if he met the Argentine.

But the Albiceleste legend has hit back, saying that he has nothing to apologise for and urged Shilton to move on from the incident.

"Please get over it," Maradona said after his side's 3-1 win over Al Riffa in the GCC Champions League on Tuesday night.

"This happened so many years back and you [Shilton] are the one who had to bend and bring the ball back from the net.

"For me, that incident is a memory. I am not living in the past."

He continued: "I don't mind shaking his hand but he is the one who refused to invite me to his testimonial, saying I am a cheat.

"That's okay with me but I will not apologise for something that happened 25 years ago," he concluded.