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Maradona’s daughter claims wrong jersey is up for auction

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) – Diego Maradona’s eldest daughter claims that the Argentina shirt being auctioned is not the one her late father wore when he scored the infamous “Hand of God” goal against England.

Dalma Maradona said the shirt was actually worn by her father during the goalless first half of the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.

Steve Hodge, the former England player who said Maradona swapped shirts with him at the end of the game in Mexico City, is selling the shirt, which is set to fetch more than GBP4 million (USD5.2 million).

Auctioneers Sotheby’s said they hired an external company that had provided a “conclusive photomatch” that proved it was authentic.

Dalma Maradona claimed the jersey her father wore in the second half, when he also scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history, was in the hands of another owner, but she declined to name them.

“It’s not that one. I don’t want to say who has it because it’s crazy. He (Diego Maradona) said it.

He said, ‘How am I going to give him the shirt of my life?’” she told reporters.

“This former player thinks he has my dad’s second-half jersey, but it’s a mix-up, he has the one from the first half.

“We wanted to clarify that so that people who want to buy it know the truth,” Dalma said in separate comments to Channel 13 television.

Auctioneers Sotheby’s have denied claims by Diego Maradona’s daughter Dalma that this is not the jersey he wore when he scored twice against England at the 1986 World Cup. PHOTO: AFP
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