'He's still a cheat' - Peter Reid on Diego Maradona's Hand of God goal 25 years later

A quarter of a century has elapsed since Argentina edged out England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals in Mexico, but there is still anger over the controversial first goal
As Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of Diego Maradona's infamous Hand of God goal against England at the 1986 World Cup, Peter Reid says the Argentina legend is "still a cheat."

There was no score in the World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and England in Mexico's Azteca Stadium when Maradona raised his left arm to beat goalkeeper Peter Shilton to the ball and direct Steve Hodge's mis-hit attempted clearance into the back of the net.

Maradona went on to score what many consider to be the greatest goal ever just a few minutes later, and the South Americans held on for a 2-1 win despite a Gary Lineker effort and a late rally from the English.

Nevertheless, 25 years on, it's the Hand of God that sticks vividly in the mind of former England midfielder Reid, who was on the opposing side that afternoon.

"It may be 25 years on but I can see it clearly. June 22 1986, it's all very vivid and he's still a cheat," former England midfielder Peter Reid wrote in an article published by the Daily Mail.

"We could all see it was handball. Terry Fenwick, Terry Butcher, Glenn Hoddle and me, we were swearing at the Tunisian ref but we were talking to a brick wall.

"In my mind, Shilts [Shilton] should have just taken his head off. Then Maradona wouldn't have scored and would have had too big a headache to have dribbled round five of us for the second three minutes later."

Hodge, who inadvertently set up Maradona, swapped shirts with the Argentine great after the game, but former England centre-back Terry Butcher said: "Maradona's shirt is the last thing I wanted to be offered.

"I would not even clean my car with it, that is how strongly I feel about it."

Coach Bobby Robson, meanwhile, simply described Maradona as "a rascal" and famously said that the Argentine's second goal was so good that it was worth two anyway.

For Maradona himself, meanwhile, it was all about revenge for the Falklands War which saw almost 650 Argentine soldiers killed as the South American nation lost a brutal conflict to the British in 1982.

He said at the time: "This was revenge. It was like recovering a little bit of the Malvinas. We had all said beforehand football and politics shouldn't be mixed together, but that was a lie. B******s was it just another match."

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