Internet betting site Paddy Power has stepped up to the plate and paid out all bets on the Olympic boxing match between Irish boxer Michael Conlan and Russian Vladimir Nikitin, which ended with Conlan being handed a controversial loss by the judges.
The match was a quarter-final bantamweight match between Conlan and Nikitin, and saw the judges award the victory to the Russian, although almost all observers thought that Conlan should have taken the victory. The decision was widely panned, and put Paddy Power in a tough spot as a lot of the money was on Conlan to take the victory. Thankfully, the betting firm stepped up to the plate and paid out the bets that were placed on Conlan, providing some good will and showing that the casino does care about fair play.
Commenting on the matter a Paddy Power spokesperson told the Irish Times newspaper: "The whole thing stinks, absolutely stinks, and our heart goes out to Michael Conlan after he was robbed of victory."
"The entire country was behind Michael and as you might imagine we took plenty of bets from patriotic punters who were backing him to do the business, and it's only fair that we pay out on him as the winner."