World Cup 2010 - Bookies pay out on Lampard

Eurosport - Mon, 28 Jun 10:55:00 2010

Leading bookmakers have paid out to customers who bet on Frank Lampard scoring against Germany after his 'legitimate' strike was disallowed in the World Cup clash.

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Lampard's first-half strike clearly landed over the line via the underside of the crossbar, prompting furious protestations with England manager Fabio Capello describing the mistake as the game's turning point.

Bookmakers have seized the opportunity to provide some form of consolation for England fans by considering the midfielder's effort as a goal.

William Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe said: "Even Sepp Blatter knows Lampard scored so we have already begun paying out to punters who backed him to do so at odds of 10/3 (4.33). It will cost us a six figure sum."

Ladbrokes were one of the bookmakers to have offered a 'Geoff Hurst special' market with odds of 10/1 on a strike from an England player going in off the crossbar, and the company also paid out for it.

Spokesman Nick Weinberg said: "It was the most popular special market prior to kick off. Everyone bar Geoff Hurst was on.

"Everybody could see that it was in apart from the men that mattered most."


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