Sunday, June 13, 2010

Newsy: Green's Gaffe Gives Media a Field Day

England goalkeeper Robert Green is the center of attention after his error gifted the U.S. a goal. The British media is making a mockery of the keeper and the U.S. is quick to notice.
“Dempsey, Oh and Robert Green's let it in. It’s a howler. … The man in the green in the jersey, that man with Green on the name of his shirt has given away one of the softest goals you will ever see at this level of football.” (ABC)
In England they are calling it a howler, and in the States an early Christmas gift. The immediately infamous gaffe goal is stealing headlines around the globe.
We're examining reactions from the Daily Mail, News of the World, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, and more.
First to England, where the coverage varied from harsh to uplifting. Some articles say the squad is backing their keeper, but the tone in others is much worse.
“The Daily Mail writes: ‘Calamity! Robert Green Faces England Axe Howler Hands Americans Draw.’
The most talked about headline was from News of the World, which dubbed it the ‘Hand of Clod' and Stars n’ Tripe’
And The Sunday Times says: ‘Green Fingers – One Disastrous Spill the Yanks Won’t Complain About’
U.S. media was quick to analyze the UK’s coverage.
New York Daily News Headlines: ‘God Save the Green! British newspapers tear into Goalkeeper Robert Green.’”
“Yahoo! Sports says: ‘Hand of Clod- Press Slams Green for Blunder’
The Wall Street Journal writes: ‘English Papers Turn Green With Ire’
Green spoke with the media after the game and apologized. Here he is with the Telegraph: “It was a horrible mistake. It was a genuine mistake, an honest mistake. And as I said to the other guys in the media, it's how you bounce back from the mistake.”
According to The Sunday Times and the Telegraph, Green is bouncing back by playing golf on Sunday. Multiple outlets are reporting that England is considering switching keepers.
That might not be a bad move considering this wasn’t Greene’s first flub. According to Opta, a sports statistics tracking service, Green is known for making errors: “Rob Green made more errors leading to goals than any other player in the Premier League last season. Calamity.”
So what do you think? Is the coverage harsh or justified? And should England switch keepers?

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