England fans woke up to their side’s World Cup hopes looking about as bright as the cast of Made in Chelsea after Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to Italy.
But while Paddy’s doing his bit to lift the mood of the Three Lions’ fans with a €1m Free Bet payout – disgruntled fans were subjected to a torrent of smugness and gratuitous gloating after a punter known only as Tony started to boast on Twitter how much cash he’d won by betting on the Azzurri.
And that’s tantamount to treason in Paddy Power’s book.
Earlier today, Paddy decided to teach Tony a lesson he’ll never forget by stringing him up in a gibbet – a contraption from the 18th century used to punish traitors, murderers, highwaymen, pirates and sheep stealers – as a warning to others and for the public to point and mock.
“The last time I used my gibbet was when Max Mosley was over for dinner – but that’s another story. I knew it would come in handy one day and when I heard that Tony made a killing backing the Italians I couldn’t think of a nicer man to blow off the cobwebs for. Look at him now, that’ll learn him, the traitor,” said one of our henchmen.
And with England’s must-win game against Uruguay coming up on Thursday (8pm) anyone found backing against their own side can expect the same treatment.