Soccer legend Diego Maradona has served as an envoy for FIFA this yr, and he’s supporting FIFA’s use of the Video Assistant Referee system regardless of being the beneficiary of a non-name that led to probably the most memorable objectives of all-time — the “Hand of God.”
“There have been plenty of incidents the place World Cup historical past would have been totally different if know-how had been used,” Maradona informed FIFA.com in an interview that was revealed Tuesday. “It’s time to vary all that.”
It was Maradona whose handball in a quarterfinal match towards England within the 1986 World Cup helped Argentina go on to win the event.
Maradona attended the FIFA Confederations Cup remaining earlier this month, in accordance with FIFA, which had examined VAR in the course of the event solely to see it create sufficient controversy that president Gianni Infantino needed to launch a press release of help.
Now it’s FIFA that’s reporting that Maradona is in favor of VAR — which is utilized in recreation-altering conditions — and quoting that the legend stated with amusing that he thinks of the “Hand of God” aim each time he exhibits his help for using know-how.
“Football can’t fall behind,” Maradona was quoted as saying. “Given the speed at which know-how is advancing and the truth that each sport makes use of it, how can we not consider using it in soccer?
“Individuals used to say that we’d waste plenty of time, that it might trigger numerous annoyance. However that’s not the case.
“Individuals get irritated when one thing that shouldn’t be given is given, or when you might have a objective wrongly disallowed. Know-how brings transparency and high quality, and it offers a constructive consequence for groups who determine to assault and take dangers.”
As for the Hand of God aim?
“I considered it and, positive, that aim wouldn’t have stood if know-how had been round,” Maradona stated. “And I’ll inform you one thing else: on the 1990 World Cup I used my hand to clear the ball off the road towards the Soviet Union. We have been fortunate as a result of the referee didn’t see it. You couldn’t use know-how again then, nevertheless it’s a unique story today.”