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Wrexham striker Paul Mullin compared to Diego Maradona and branded ‘EMBARRASSING’ for handball goal

‘Hand of Paul Mullin’: Wrexham striker compared to Diego Maradona and branded ‘EMBARRASSING’ for handball goal in crazy semi-final National League play-off against Grimsby

  • Wrexham striker Paul Mullin scores controversial goal against Grimsby
  • The 27-year-old put his side up 3-2 but seemed to use his hand to find the net
  • Fans have compared him to Diego Maradona, calling it the ‘Hand of Mullin’
  • The moment came in a crazy play-off match that ended 4-5 after extra time

Paul Mullin has been compared to Diego Maradona after he appeared to use his hand to score for Wrexham against Grimsby in the semi-finals of the National League play-offs.

The striker was at the heart of the drama in a frenzied game that ended 4-4 after extra time and Grimsby won just before it went to penalties.

After scoring 26 times in the regular season, Mullin scored twice at the Racecourse, but both goals were clouded in controversy.

Paul Mullin has been compared to Diego Maradona after his handball goal against Grimsby

Paul Mullin has been compared to Diego Maradona after his handball goal against Grimsby

He opened the scoring from the penalty spot after falling relatively easily in the penalty area for his ‘Maradona’ moment in the second half.

It was 2-2 at the time, as the ball went to the back post where Mullin waited to put Wrexham up front.

At first glance it looked like the 27-year-old had headed the ball in, but replays showed that it was his hand that got the decisive touch.

“Mullin digs deep into his inner Maradona,” tweeted one fan.

“Yes, Wrexham!” said another. “Paul Mullin with the best handball since Maradona.”

Mullin had previously opened the scoring in the match with a penalty after winning on a soft foul

Mullin had previously opened the scoring in the match with a penalty after winning on a soft foul

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1653751891 862 Wrexham striker Paul Mullin compared to Diego Maradona and branded

Wrexham's co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney watch the racecourse

Wrexham’s co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney watch the racecourse

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1653751895 105 Wrexham striker Paul Mullin compared to Diego Maradona and branded

“Mullin-dona, anyone?” a third joked. ‘Amirite?’

Meanwhile, a supporter called the goal “Hand of Mullin.”

However, other viewers were reluctant to clarify the situation.

“So shameful of Wrexham this,” tweeted one fan. “Mullin dives for the first penalty and handball for the third.”

Mullin made a surprise move to Wrexham after finishing as League Two top scorer last year

Mullin made a surprise move to Wrexham after finishing as League Two top scorer last year

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