Hand of God’ ball fetches £2 million at auction

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The white Adidas “Azteca” ball, which was owned by the Tunisian match referee Ali Bin Nasser, had been tipped to fetch up to £3 million when it went under the hammer at UK-based Graham Budd Auctions.

Argentina forward Diego Maradona, left, beats England’s goalkeeper Peter Shilton to a high ball and scores his first of two goals at the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match in Mexico City on June 22, 1986.

The ball used when Maradona scored his “Hand of God” goal has been put up for auction by the Tunisian referee who was in charge of the game and missed football’s most famous handball.

“Hand of God” goal for Argentina against England in the 1986 World Cup sold at auction on Wednesday for £2 million ($2.4 million).

The white Adidas “Azteca” ball, which was owned by the Tunisian match referee Ali Bin Nasser, had been tipped to fetch up to £3 million

It comes six months after the jersey Maradona wore in the historic quarter-final in Mexico City sold at auction for nearly $9.3 million