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Champions Barcelona net a piece of Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 15:42 03 June 2011

THEY may have carried off the Champions League trophy.

But Barcelona took home another special momento after their victory over Manchester United at Wembley last weekend – a goal-net from Lowestoft.

As the Spanish champions celebrated their 3-1 win, Barca’s centre-back Gerard Pique took a pair of scissors and removed the net, supplied to the stadium by Lowestoft-based sports goods manufacturer Harrod UK.

If only the players had looked more closely, they would have noticed the twistable net hooks for easy fixing and removal.

Harrod UK’s sales and marketing manager Kevin Utton said: “I was watching the match and couldn’t believe my eyes when a pair of scissors appeared! It’s fantastic to think that a football net from our factory in Lowestoft is now heading to Spain as the prized possession of Barcelona as a memento of their victory.

“Maybe they wanted to compete with rivals Real Madrid, who use our goals and nets at the Bernabéu; following Saturday’s raid, the Nou Camp can now also boast owning a Harrod net!”

As reported in last week’s Journal, the Lowestoft company had recently renewed its agreement with Wembley Stadium to continue to supply it with goal posts and nets.

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