UK Tabs Crucify Goalie: 'Hand of Clod'

Clever meanness heaped on bumbling keeper
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 13, 2010 7:59 AM CDT
England's Robert Green, right, fails to stop a goal by United States' Clint Dempsey during the World Cup match between England and the US at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday, June 12, 2010.   (Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – England goalkeeper Robert Green is getting knocked around by today's British newspapers. Green's the keeper who fumbled Clint Dempsey's 25-yard shot last night, giving the United States a 1-1 surprising tie with England in the World Cup opener for both teams. The banner in the News of the World and the Sunday Mirror was "Hand of Clod," a play on the "Hand of God" goal scored by Diego Maradona that knocked England out of the 1986 World Cup.

The News of the World also described the game as "Shock 'N' Draw." Even the Sunday Times got into it, making a reference to Gulf of Mexico oil spill by saying Dempsey's goal was "one disastrous spill the Yanks won't complain about."

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