I bet on Naby com­ing to the Reds – but the book­ies won’t pay us a penny

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY CON­NOR DUNN con­nor.dunn@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Vis­iter

ASOUTHPORT builder and two col­leagues were over­joyed when they thought they had won nearly £5,000 when RB Leipzig mid­fielder Naby Keita signed for Liver­pool FC – only to find out that re­luc­tant book­ies won’t pay out.

An­drew Gal­lagher, from Birk­dale, and two other builders, placed three bets to­talling £600 on Keita sign­ing for Liver­pool be­fore Septem­ber 1.

The 32-year-old said the three of them were given odds of 8/1 at the time they placed their bets at a Liver­pool city cen­tre branch of Paddy Power, and all that was writ­ten on the slips was “Keita to sign for Liver­pool”.

He was plan­ning to spend some of his win­nings on new Liver­pool FC kits for his chil­dren but the fam­ily has been left dis­ap­pointed be­cause the Guinean won’t be com­ing to An­field un­til next sum­mer.

An­drew said Paddy Power told him it would not pay out the £4,800 win­nings be­cause of a tech­ni­cal­ity as Keita “won’t be play­ing for Liver­pool or in the squad” by the date stated.

He said he planned to spend his money on a new back door for his home and the two LFC kits.

An­drew said: “We are work­ing-class peo­ple who like a bet. How can they deny us our win­nings?

“The woman in the shop was quite happy to take our money, she never stated any terms and con­di­tions and never said he needs to sign and play.

“It was just Keita to sign for Liver­pool.

“I rang Paddy Power and asked, ‘Can Barcelona sign Keita to­mor­row?’, they said ‘No’ and I said, ‘Why, be­cause he has signed for Liver­pool?’.

“They are still re­fus­ing to pay out the money and said that he won’t be play­ing in the squad be­fore the date.”

The three work­ers made their bets on Au­gust 9 – a £400 bet and two bets to­talling £100 each.

An­drew, a dad-of-two, said: “The lad who put the £400 bet on is dev­as­tated.

“For all they know, we could be us­ing this money to pay off debt or sort out money trou­bles. I don’t know how they can take our money off us – at the very least they should give us our stake back.”

An­drew also said that he knew of a lot of peo­ple in the area fac­ing sim­i­lar prob­lems. He told his brother to make the bet, which he did with SkyBet – which he said had also re­fused to pay out, for sim­i­lar rea­sons.

An­drew added: “I have a lot of mates in the same sit­u­a­tion. I reckon there are a lot of peo­ple in Mer- sey­side who have put this bet on, too.”

A Paddy Power spokesman said that the firm could not com­ment on spe­cific bets, but added: “In re­la­tion to this mar­ket – ‘Naby Keita To Sign For Liver­pool Be­fore 1st Of Septem­ber 2017 – Trans­fer Spe­cials’ – Keita has not signed for Liver­pool, an agree­ment has been made for him to sign at the end of the sea­son. Such cir­cum­stances are specif­i­cally cov­ered in our rules.”

The com­pany pointed to the spe­cific rules, which state: “The player in ques­tion must be­long and be reg­is­tered to the club of­fered be­fore the spec­i­fied time frame ends. Any pre-con­tracts or other sim­i­lar agree­ments that con­firm busi­ness will be com­pleted at a date later than spec­i­fied in the mar­ket will not count for re­set­tle­ment pur­poses.”

The spokesman added: “The mar­ket will be set­tled on Septem­ber 2 ac­cord­ing to Keita’s reg­is­tered club at that time.”

SkyBet have also been con­tacted for com­ment.

Dis­ap­pointed – An­drew Gal­lagher with the Naby Keita bet­ting slips which the book­ies are now re­fus­ing to pay out on

Naby Keita – com­ing to Liver­pool . . . but not un­til next year

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