The Irish bookmakers Paddy Power apologies after Ugo Ehiogu betting error
The Championship club Birmingham sacked their manager Harry Redknapp on Saturday after a run of six consecutive defeats and bookmakers started immediately to offer betting odds on his replacement.
The Irish bookmakers Paddy Power offered odds of 66/1 on Ugo Ehiogu, the former Aston Villa and England defender, to take charge of Birmingham. Ugo Ehiogu died in April at the age of 44 following a cardiac arrest on April 20 at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground, where he worked as a coach with the U23 side. Ugo Ehiogu made over 200 appearances for Villa between 1991 and 2000 before spending seven years at Middlesbrough.
This ‘genuine error’ sparked controversy on social media, with users taking screenshots of the page and branding it as ‘shameful behaviour’.
Ehiogu’s name was listed along the former England manager Sam Allardyce and ex-Crystal Palace coach Frank de Boer at odds of 33/1. Furthermore, Paddy Power has also offered odds of 275/1 for the long-serving Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and the veteran Birmingham rocker Ozzy Osbourne at 2500/1.
After replying to Twitter users individually regarding the ‘genuine error’, the gambling company issued a statement to the Press Association, adding: “This was a genuine error, a trader re-used an old market as a template for this one, and didn’t notice that Mr. Ehiogu was included.
“Obviously, that was a mistake, one which was rectified as soon as it was spotted, within minutes.
“We would like to apologise to Mr. Ehiogu’s family if they did see the tweet.
“It was obviously a mistake and no offence was meant.”
In addition, Paddy said that no customers were able to place a bet on Ehiogu.
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