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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 October, 2004, 18:11 GMT 19:11 UK
Baku memorial for 1966 linesman
Geoff Hurst and Tofik Bakhramov statue
Geoff Hurst scored the controversial goal Bakhramov allowed
Football celebrities have paid tribute to the Azerbaijani linesman whose decision decided the 1966 World Cup final between England and Germany.

A memorial has been unveiled in Baku to Tofik Bakhramov - the official who awarded England the crucial goal.

Former England footballer Geoff Hurst, who scored the goal in extra time, and Fifa president Sepp Blatter, attended the ceremony.

England played Azerbaijan in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

In the infamous 1966 game between England and Germany, the Germans insisted that Geoff Hurst's shot, which bounced down off the underside of the crossbar, had not crossed the line.

Bakhramov persuaded the referee that it had.

England went on to win 4-2 for the country's only World Cup victory.

Bahramov, often wrongly known as the Russian linesman, is remembered in Azerbaijan as an inspirational figure who brought international attention to Azerbaijani football and refereed some of the most important matches in the former Soviet Union.

Wednesday's match is being played at Azerbaijan's national stadium, which is named after Tofik Bakhramov.

Bakhramov died in 1996 and English fans travelling to Wednesday's match have asked to be shown his grave so they can put flowers on it.


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