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Liverpool beach ball boy says sorry

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A teenage Liverpool fan who caused one of the oddest goals in English: football history came out of hiding on Sunday to apologize profusely for belting a beach ball on to the pitch.

Callum Campbell, 16, told the Sunday Mirror it was he who whacked the inflatable on to the pitch, triggering Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at Sunderland on Oct 17.

The youngster has faced death threats for his part in a defeat that dented the Reds' bid to win the Premier League title and locked himself indoors for two days.

"It was me," Campbell said.

"I'm the one who did it. I'm the one caught on camera. I'm so, so sorry. This is my worst, worst nightmare."

In the fifth minute of the match, Black Cats striker Darren Bent fired a shot on target but it hit the Liverpool-branded beach ball, taking a big deflection and completely bamboozling Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina - who went for the wrong ball.

Millions around the world have seen the bizarre incident.

When the beach ball came Campbell's way before the kick-off he punched it on to the Stadium of Light pitch. It went into Reina's goal but blew out as Sunderland went on the attack.

"When I got home I went into the garden and threw up. I was physically sick - and that's before the death threats started appearing on the Internet the next day," Campbell said.

"I watched it over and over again, and I still can't work out how it happened.

"But my mum tells me it wasn't my fault - and that's what I have to believe. The referee should never have allowed the goal. I just hope the real fans understand and forgive me.

"How was I supposed to know what would happen? It was just a bit of fun and if I could turn back the clock and do it differently, throw the ball into the crowd instead of on to the pitch, then I would.

"I'm really, really sorry it happened like it did.

"It's bad enough when Liverpool loses, like in a normal way, but this was just one big disaster.

"It would have taken someone a couple of seconds to move it away, or put a foot on it and flatten it, but nobody bothered. And then it started to roll about. Just at the wrong moment.

"But I accept I shouldn't have thrown it on to the pitch in the first place."

His uncle Tony Moore said: "Let's say Liverpool are just three points short of winning the league at the end of this season - he'll be beside himself, thinking they were the points that cost them."

At Campbell's request, part of the fee for his interview was donated to the Hillsborough Disaster Fund.


1. How did the beach ball affect the final score of the football game?

2. How many days did Campbell stay indoors after the incident?

3. What did Campbell do with part of the fee for his interview?


1. Liverpool lost 1-0.

2. Two days.

3. He donated it to the Hillsborough Disaster Fund.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Liverpool beach ball boy says sorry

About the broadcaster:

Liverpool beach ball boy says sorry

Casey Chin is an intern at the China Daily's website. When he's not shooting or producing videos he's trying to learn Chinese. He's from Sacramento, California (no, he doesn't know Arnold Schwarzenegger) and he just graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in journalism.