Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Red faces as Liverpool beach ball kits are snapped up

Liverpool beach balls have sold out on the club's official website after rivals fans flocked to snap up copies of the now infamous red ball.

Reds supporters watched in disbelief as Liverpool lost 1-0 to Sunderland at the weekend when a shot by Darren Bent hit a beach ball and swerved past goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

The toy had been thrown on to the pitch by a young Liverpool fan — who now has a number of Facebook appreciation sites dedicated to him by rival fans. To make matters worse, the beach ball that cost Rafa Benitez's men the game at the Stadium of Light was emblazoned with the club's crest.

Rival fans immediately began snapping up Liverpool FC £10 holiday sets, containing the ball, amid fears Everton supporters planned to lob them on to the pitch in next month's Merseyside derby.

It is thought the beach sets have sold out rather than been withdrawn. A spokesman for Liverpool FC was not available for comment.