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Treason Season: Paddy strings Traitor Tony up in a gibbet for betting against his own team

The online bookmaker makes an example of smug punter cashing in on his own team's defeat.

by Sean Goff | June 15, 2014

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.


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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.

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