Ireland Cheated Out Of World CupPaddy Power bookmakers have refunded nearly €250,000 in losing bets on the France V Ireland World Cup match in Paris (18/11/09). The game ended in defeat for Ireland but only after Thierry Henry twice handled the ball in setting up the extra-time winner in the play-off clash.

The latest entry on the Paddy Power Bookmaker blog reads “Luck of the Irish me arse! Not only did FIFA change the rules to protect the big teams, but then we drew France and that dirty little thief Henry cheats us out of a place in the World Cup.

I know its small consolation but we’re refunding €110,000 to all those who backed Ireland to qualify for next years Finals as well as refunding €140,000 on tonights game after we pledged to refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast bets placed on the match if Ireland won the game in 90-minutes.”

It was a heartbreaking way for the Irish to be knocked out, a few years ago England suffered a similar fate at the hands of Maradona. FIFA now must realize that video replays must be introduced for high profile games like this one. Well done Paddy Power for refunding the bets, at least someone is playing fair!