By Nick Teale

In the wake of France's controversial World Cup Play-Off win over Ireland, Arsène Wenger has reiterated his belief that Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal was actually the "Hand of the Devil."

The current Argentina manager punched the ball into the back of the net as his country beat England in the 1986 World Cup Quarter-Final and later described his touch as 'The Hand of God'.

The South Americans went on to be crowned World Champions that year and Henry's assist in France's extra-time win over Ireland on Wednesday night has been likened to Maradona's goal 23 years ago.

However, Wenger never accepted the Argentine's goal at the Mexico World Cup.

"I always said it was not the Hand of God but the Hand of the Devil," said the Arsenal manager.

"I never accepted what he did."

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