Becks' penalty ball fetches high bids
MADRID, July 13 (Reuters) - The Spanish football fan who grabbed David Beckham's wayward penalty in England's Euro 2004 quarter-final defeat against Portugal has put the ball for sale on an auction website.
The ball was fetching €9,050 on Tuesday on the Spanish site of Internet auctioneers eBay (www.es.ebay.com
), a day after it went on sale with the first bid at just one euro. The auction is open until July 22.
Pablo Carral, a 25-year-old Deportivo Coruna fan, claimed the trophy when Beckham's first attempt in the penalty shootout landed in his arms in Row Q of the Luz stadium in Lisbon.
It is embossed with the names of the two teams, the date and the venue of the game.
'The incredible thing was that the ball reached us because we were so far from the goal,' he said.
Carral said he has already received an offer of €18,000 from a British newspaper for the ball, and was hoping it would fetch a higher price in the Internet auction.