After England goalkeeper Robert Green let in an innocuous shot to gift the United States a 1-1 draw in yesterday's World Cup Group C opener, the unfortunate player was lambasted by the British press. Some attacks were fairly direct, such as "for all our sakes, he's got to go - now" by the Sunday Express. Some, on the other hand, were loaded with sarcasm.
For example, the front pages of both the News of the World and Sunday Mirror read "Hand of Clod", alluding to the "Hand of God" description of Diego Maradona's controversial goal against England in the 1986 World Cup tournament.
The Sunday Times made reference to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and said the blunder was "one disastrous spill the Yanks won't complain about".