Rovers fan auctioning off penalty spot
A Blackburn Rovers fan is selling the penalty spot from which Wayne Rooney clinched Man Utd's 19th league title on eBay, and was forced to relist the item after fake bids reached nearly £1 million.
Rooney dispatched the spot-kick to earn United a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park and seal top spot in the league in the process and now Rovers fan Eddie Maxwell will be auctioning off the piece of football history to the highest bidder.
"At first I was just thinking of taking the centre spot because any Rovers fan would be interested in that but then after the Manchester United match I wanted the penalty spot as well," Maxwell told the Lancashire Telegraph. ''It is a piece of football history - maybe Rooney would be interested in buying it. I just thought this was a great way to help the club."
The club allowed Maxwell to dig up the turf, as a new pitch is being laid at Ewood Park this summer. "I just thought, if you don't ask you don't get," he added. "They were happy for me to take it because it was all being dug up anyway."
Maxwell will use the money to raise funds for his Sunday league side, King Edward Guide FC, however as bids reached over £990,000 eBay launched an investigation over fraudulent bidding.
The Rovers fan said on Thursday: "Everything that has happened this week has been incredible. I'm overwhelmed. I know that many of the bids are genuine but the way the bidding went up can't be legitimate.
"There is worldwide interest in the penalty spot because of the Wayne Rooney connection. I would like to give Blackburn Rovers massive thanks and, whatever I make, a lot of it will go back to the club."
The listing has now been reduced to pre-approved bidders only and was at £145,000 at the time of writing.