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Bookmaker apologises after offering 66/1 for dead footballer to be next Birmingham City manager

Paddy Power say Ugo Ehiogu’s inclusion in the market to replace Harry Redknapp was “a genuine error”.

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - Stevenage v Tottenham Hotspur XI - The Lamex Stadium Ehiogu passed away last April. Source: EMPICS Sport

BOOKMAKER PADDY POWER has been forced to apologise after a former Premier League player who died earlier this year was included in one of their betting markets.

Former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England defender Ugo Ehiogu was priced at 66/1 to replace Harry Redknapp — who lost his job over the weekend — as the next Birmingham City manager.

Ugo Ehiogu Source: Twitter/David_DK_Kelly

However, the 44-year-old passed away last April after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham’s training ground, where he was working as a coach.

Paddy Power removed his name shortly after it was brought to their attention, before apologising for what they describe as a “genuine error”.

Tweet by @Paddy Power Source: Paddy Power/Twitter

They also issued a statement to Press Association to explain how the mistake came about:

“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.”

Originally published at 10.51

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