Gary Lineker would rather reverse Maradona’s Hand of God than Brexit


Linekar was unsure which controversial outcome he would rather erase from the world (Picture: Getty)

Gary Linekar has suggested he would rather reverse Maradona’s Hand Of God goal in the 1986 word cup than 2016’s Brexit decision.

The outspoken footballer turned pundit admitted that if he was given a magic wand, he would be unsure which controversial outcome he would rather erase from the world although ultimately he would want to ‘eradicate everything’ that has happened in the country over the last few years.

‘If you could guarantee me we would [have gone] on to win the World Cup, I might have said the other one,’ he said on LBC on 19 September during a chat with James O’Brien.

James added a caveat that the magic wands only gets England to the final, not that they would necessarily win the game, and so Gary chose Brexit.

‘I would like to take it back maybe three years and just eradicate everything. I just think we’ve turned in to such a hateful place, it’s so sad to see, and for what, for what?’ he said before adding: ‘Well, I just thought that ought to be the right answer on this one but deep down inside me I’m thinking World Cup World Cup.

‘1990 one was probably better though.’

The Hand Of God decision came in the Argentina v England game on 22 June 1986 (Picture: Getty Images)

The Hand Of God decision came in the Argentina v England game on 22 June 1986.

A quarter-final game between the two countries for the 1986 world cup, the first goal was scored by Maradona using his hand.

The referee insisted he did not see the moment and allowed the goal; Argentina won 2-1.

‘I was waiting for my teammates to embrace me, and no one came… I told them, “come hug me, or the referee isn’t going to allow it,”‘ Maradona later said before telling press that the goal was scored ‘a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God’.

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