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Peter Shilton Says He Wouldn't Use Maradona's £7 Million Shirt To Clean His Dishes

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Peter Shilton Says He Wouldn't Use Maradona's £7 Million Shirt To Clean His Dishes

Peter Shilton says he wouldn't even 'do the dishes' with Diego Maradona's iconic 'hand of God' shirt, despite it recently having sold for an absolute fortune at auction.

The former England goalkeeper clearly hasn't gotten over the Argentinian player's antics at the 1986 World Cup.

Maradona's side beat England 2-1 in the quarter finals of the tournament, a game that has become infamous for that moment.

The former Barcelona player leapt into the air, punched the ball past Shilton and into the net to give Argentina the lead.

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England fans and players alike have never managed to forget it, with many branding Maradona a cheat.

But just last week, the shirt he wore in that match, which he swapped at the time with England's Steve Hodge, sold at auction for a record-breaking £7.1 million.

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And while Shilton is happy that his pal has made a few quid out of the deal, he says he would never have taken the shirt himself.

The 72-year-old told The Sun: "I wouldn’t have swapped with Maradona for all the tea in China for what happened on the day.

"I wouldn’t even use it around the house, not even to clean the dishes in my bungalow.

Peter Shilton says he wouldn't use Maradona's shirt to do the dishes. Credit: Alamy
Peter Shilton says he wouldn't use Maradona's shirt to do the dishes. Credit: Alamy
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"If myself and a few of the other players had known Hodgey had his shirt in the dressing room then it wouldn’t have made it out.

"In the heat of the game, it would have been ripped up into a thousand pieces – and I bet Hodgey is happy now we didn’t do that.

"He knew what he was doing when he didn’t tell us he had it.

"Looking back, I bet he is glad we didn’t find out.

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"We were very angry, it’s just as well we didn’t. I’m just glad one Englishman has got something out of the game."

He went on: "We’ve had the last laugh. It’s poetic justice for being cheated out of that World Cup.

The shirt sold for £7.1m at auction. Credit: Alamy
The shirt sold for £7.1m at auction. Credit: Alamy

"It’s the best bit of business any footballer has ever done.

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"None of us could have ever dreamed it would be worth that much.

"I was captain on the day – it still hurts me now. All I was interested in was winning the World Cup, it never occurred to me to change shirts with Maradona, but looking at how much it has sold for, maybe I should have.

"Hodgey’s always got stick over the years; how could he think about changing shirts with him when he cheated.

"I’m pleased for him. He has got payback for us all.

"He’s made a huge amount of money from Maradona cheating against us. It’s a fortune for what was one of the hardest games of my career."

Featured Image Credit: ITV/Alamy/YouTube

Topics: Football, World Cup

Dominic Smithers
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