Bantertastic bookmakers Paddy Power have apologised after offering odds on the late Ugo Ehiogu – accidentally, they claim – to become the new manager of Birmingham City.
Ehiogu died suddenly back in April after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham’s training ground. He was only 44.
However, as a former Aston Villa player, Paddy Power thought it’d be amusing to include him at 66/1 to take over at rivals Birmingham…
After fans across social media were quick to admonish them, Paddy Power released a statement to the Press Association apologising to Ehigou’s family and insisting that they’d made a “genuine error” by including his name in the market.
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.
A spokesman for the company also confirmed that customers were able to put money on Ehiogu for “less than five minutes” before the error was discovered and deleted, and that nobody actually took that particular bet during that window.