Betfred return £200,000 in bets on Manchester United to win the Premier League after the owner Fred Done declared that David Moyes side has been ‘robbing the fans.’
Fred Done, the owner of Betfred, has become somewhat of a legend for paying out early in relation to Man Utd’s title winning successes; or more pointedly lack of.
In 1998, the Betfred owner lost over £500,000 when he became the first bookie to ever pay out early in a Premier League title race when United were 12-points clear of their nearest rivals Arsenal, only to see the North Londoners create an epic comeback to take the title.
Then in 2012, he went and Done it again after paying out another half a milly when United went five points clear at the top of the April table, only to see United’s fiercest rivals Man City take the title in dramatic fashion in the last game of the season.
Well he is at it again; only this time Done is paying out to anybody idiotic enough to place a bet on United to win the title this season (ahem…. that will be me then.)
The Betfred owner has announced that over £200,000 in Man Utd title winning bets will be returned to punters after labeling the Red Devils as ‘useless’.
“These loyal fans never had a chance of winning with United. This season the Reds have been useless, hopeless and meaningless.” Said Done. “One of the reasons I am doing this is, and becoming the first bookmaker ever to do so, is because of the way the fans were still singing for their team even though we were losing 3-0 to Liverpool. I couldn’t believe it and they deserve a team much better than that put out by David Moyes.”
I guess I should have thought about Fred Done’s red ties before I placed £500 on United to win the title over at PaddyPower.
Live and learn.