UK: Football controversies always come in “handy” for British tabloids

British tabloids are still raging with headlines about goalie Robert Green’s blunder during England’s opener against the U.S. over the weekend. 

The very trashy News of the World even added insult to cheekyness when it printed “Hand of Clod” on top of Robert Green’s picture during the mishap.  It’s not the first a hand is subject to controversy in the football world and British papers have always had a hand in the dirty post-game backlash…

It all started with Maradona’s “Hand of God” during the 1986 World Cup (Argentina vs. England).

Next to the original is a Lego recreation of Maradona’s “Hand of God” during the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup .


Followed by Thierry Henry’s “Hand of Frog“, when the French captain used his hand during the last qualifying match against Ireland to deflect a ball so he could pass it to a teammate.  William Gallas then hit the winning header that sent France to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa instead of the Republic of Ireland.

The British tabloid The Sun then had a field day of course with that cover…

All in all though, football’s greatest tragedies have always come in “handy” for British tabloids, whether it involved the Three Lions or not!


One response to “UK: Football controversies always come in “handy” for British tabloids

  1. Very clever and very very true!

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