Telecom firm Versatel has decided against broadcasting its television commercial with the ‘hand of God’ for the next two weeks as it awaits a ruling from the advertising code commission.
Small political party ChristenUnie recently presented to the commission 1,100 signatures from people opposed to the commercial.
The Versatel commercial advertises high-speed internet with exclusive coverage of the Dutch premier league football.
The ‘hand of God’ taps a shot from Feyenoord star Romeo Castelen into the net.
The ‘hand of God’ originates with Argentinean star Maradona who once used the expression to describe a goal he scored with his hands.
The ruling from the Dutch commission, Reclame Code Commissie, will be handed down within two weeks, but is non-binding.