Referee Bogdan Dotchev who failed to see ‘Hand of God’ dies

The football referee who failed to signal Diego Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ World Cup goal against England has died. Bulgarian Bogdan Dotchev, a former player, was 80.He is best known for running the line when then-Argentina captain Maradona raised above England goalkeeper Peter Shilton to punch in the opening goal of the World Cup quarter-final in Mexico City in 1986. Maradona also scored a second as Argentina won the match 2-1 beating West Germany 3-2 in the final. After the England match, Maradona described his first goal as the ‘Hand of God’.

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