Friday 2 June 2017

Maradona’s Hand Of God Referee Is Dead

The Bulgarian Football Union have announced that Bulgarian assistant referee, Bogdan Dochev, who failed to spot Diego Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal against England in the 1986 World Cup has died at the age of 80.

In the pulsating quarter-final in Mexico's Azteca Stadium, Maradona produced two of the most talked about goals in the history of football as Argentina dumped England out in contentious circumstances.
Following the handball, TV images showed Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser running slowly backwards towards the centre of the pitch and looking at Dochev. The Bulgarian, however, did not wave his flag while stood absolutely still.

Dochev, Bulgaria's top referee in the 1970s and 1980s, also officiated at the 1982 World Cup finals as well as dozens of European club competitions matches, including the 1983 UEFA Cup final's first leg between Anderlecht and Benfica.

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