From Suarez to Maradona - The Five Most Infamous Handballs

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Luis Suarez is in the headlines again today for his handball winner against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup. Here are five of the most famous handballs of all time including Arsenal's record goalscorer

Diego Maradona – The Hand of God – Argentina v England, 1986

This will forever be remembered as the most famous handball of all time. Argentine striker Diego Maradona leapt up for the ball against England goalkeeper Peter Shilton before using his hand to punch the ball over the ‘keeper and into the net. Despite the numerous protests from English players, the goal was given.

Theirry Henry – France v Republic of Ireland, 2010

Thierry Henry saw the ball going out of play against Ireland in this World Cup play-off match, he stuck out his hand to stop it from doing so before crossing the ball for France’s winning goal. It was one of the most blatant handballs that you are ever likely to see in an international but it was ignored and Ireland were prevented from going to the World Cup in South Africa.

Luis Suarez – Uruguay v Ghana, World Cup 2010

It may not surprise many of you to see Luis Suarez on the list, again. In the pivotal match between these countries, Suarez handled the ball on the line to stop a Ghana goal. He was shown a straight red card before Ghana missed the following penalty. It was a poor display of gamesmanship from Suarez but one that kept Uruguay in the tournament.

Paul Scholes – Super Cup 2008 v Zenit St Petersburg

Paul Scholes produced one of the best volleys you are ever likely to see except he used his hands to do it. United were winning the 2008 Super Cup match against Russian side Zenit, Scholes produced a great volleyball shot to send the ball into the back of the net but the referee didn’t see the funny side and sent him off.

Luis Suarez – FA Cup v Mansfield Town, 2013

Liverpool attacked during the second half of their FA Cup tie against Mansfield Town, the ball was played into Luis Suarez who hit the ball at pace, it bounced off the goalkeeper, Suarez controlled the ball with his arm before slotting the ball home for what turned out to be the winning goal. It was more of a reaction above anything else but should have been disallowed.

Are there any infamous handballs you would have on this list?

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