Ireland lose out but not our customers
The luck of the Irish may not have been present in Paris last night but William Hill's customers will not be losing out.
All punters who backed the Republic of Ireland to qualify for the final stages of the World Cup will have their stakes refunded following the controversy over the French goal which knocked them out. Hills will also be paying out on bets for the French to go through.
'The Irish played like heroes last night and they didn't deserve to be knocked out in such a disgraceful manner. Whether they would have gone on to beat France in extra time or on penalties is irrelevant - and we think it's only right to refund all losing bets placed on Ireland to qualify." said Hill's Irish spokesman Tony Kenny. 'It will cost us a high five figure sum'.
**William Hill were the first bookmakers ever to make a gesture of this nature when, in 1986, they 'disallowed' Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal for Argentina against England and refunded stakes to punters.