Seven in 10 British football fans say they will never forgive Diego Maradona for his “hand of God” goal.
Despite the Argentina legend’s status as one of the best footballers of all time, 69% of supporters refuse to excuse Maradona, who died last month aged 60, for being a cheat.
In fact, 68% of the 1,500 people polled think Argentina should have been stripped of the World Cup after going on to beat Belgium in the semis and West Germany 3-2 in the final.
But over half (56%) thought that Maradona’s second goal in the quarter-final win against England was the greatest of all time.
A spokesman for discovery+, which commissioned the study to mark the launch of new documentary, What Killed Maradona? said: “Our research shows the depth of feeling people have towards Maradona.
"There were many sides to Maradona, this documentary drills down into the man behind the legend.”
The former Napoli hero, who was recovering from brain surgery, was found dead at his home in Dique Lujan, near Buenos Aires, on November 25 after suffering heart failure.
A preliminary post-mortem examination revealed pulmonary oedema caused by heart failure.
But 44% of people felt there was something suspicious about the demise of the star, who suffered from years of drug abuse.
What Killed Maradona? is available to stream in the UK on discovery+.
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