Irish betting group Paddy Power has apologized for offering odds on deceased footballer Ugo Ehiogu on becoming the next manager of Birmingham City FC.
The company posted odds after Birmingham City fired manager Harry Redknapp after a poor start to the season. The group listed several candidates for the job with Ehiogu listed. The problem is that the former centre back died in April after he had a heart attack while serving as a coach for the U23 Tottenham Hotspur team. Paddy Power says that the inclusion of Ehiogu was an honest mistake and that the oddsmaker used an old model to build the list. The firm also noted that nobody placed a bet on him during the five minutes that the bet was live.
A company statement on the matter read: "This was a genuine error, a trader re-used an old market as a template for this one, and didn't notice that Mr Ehiogu was included. Obviously, that was a mistake, one which was rectified as soon as it was spotted, within minutes."
"We would like to apologise to Mr Ehiogu's family if they did see the tweet. It was obviously a mistake and no offence was meant."