England’s controversial third goal scored by Geoff Hurst (not pictured) in the 1966 World Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium. England beat West Germany 4-2. Image Credit: AP

Dubai: Germany has offered a special deal to Great Britain, specifically England, in an attempt to sway the British public to vote “remain” in Thursday’s EU referendum.

German newspaper Bild has offered to acknowledge that England’s third goal in the 1966 World Cup final, when England beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley, was genuine.

It has long been contested by Germany that Geoff Hurst’s header did not cross the line after it bounced off the underside of the crossbar.

The goal was left to stand thanks to a decision made by Azerbaijan linesman Tofiq Bahramov, although modern research suggests that the goal in hindsight most likely should not have been allowed.

It was the only time England have ever won a major international trophy.