With Diego Maradona’s first match at the helm of Argentina just hours away, the war of word off the field has picked up momentum in the last few days.
Former England defender Terry Butcher, who played in the infamous 1986 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina, was the first to make a verbal assault saying he would never forgive Maradona for his “hand of god” goal. (Watch Butcher’s press conference here.)
Maradona had his chance to respond yesterday at his press conference in front of the Scottish media. On Butcher, Maradona carefully brushed aside the matter insisting that he will “not lose sleep” over the Englishman’s bitterness pointed in his direction. Maradona then deflected questions about his own misdemeanor, arguing that Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick goal in the 1966 World Cup final clearly never crossed the line, pointing out that everyone has skeletons in their closet.
Maradona’s entertaining pre-match press conference can be seen here.
And keeping with Maradona, special thanks to Dave Griffiths for pointing us in the direction of the following funny clip.
Much was made yesterday of the Celtic youngster who found Fernando Gago’s lost medallion, with Maradona rewarding the kid by lifting him in the air before offering the youth his hat and gloves as a reward.
On watching the video report into the matter on the BBC, Dave pointed out the following: “I swear, not only does the kid hold the hat up like its got liceâ€¦â€¦but I THINK he says in his excitement that MADONNA is a legend!”
Dave was spot on, and the shocking faux pas can be seen here.