Punter wins £15k from World Cup and Messi bet – but bookies refusing to pay out

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    It wasn't just Argentinians going berserk when Gonzalo Montiel rolled his penalty past Hugo Lloris to win the World Cup last month.

    Liam Manifold, a 30-year-old maintenance engineer from Staffordshire, presumed he'd won £15,000 from a £10 bet he placed at the start of the tournament after correctly predicting that Argentina would beat France in the final and that Lionel Messi would win the Golden Ball.

    The next day, he raced down to the bookies to collect his mammoth winnings, only to be told his bet wasn't valid and that he'd be offered less than 5% of what he was expecting.

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    "I went to cash in the bet and they said it shouldn't have been placed and offered me £660 for it," said Liam, who claims he was planning to buy his disabled dad a new mobility scooter with the money, as well as put some away for the future.

    He was told the bets he placed were too closely related to be included in a multiple bet, despite the fact staff happily accepted his bet split back in November.

    A spokesman for Coral explained: "These three events are all closely related to each other so the prices that were offered on them individually can't be included in a multiple bet.

    Who do you think is in the wrong here – Liam or the betting company? Let us know in the comments section below.

    "If Argentina and France have made the final, then the odds of Argentina winning it are clearly much shorter than they were at the outset. If Argentina have then won the World Cup, the chances of Messi being player of the tournament will be long odds-on.

    "So we have settled the bet in the fairest way possible, paying out on the event with the biggest price… The prices on the slip had been written on by the customer not the member of staff. We have settled the bet in line with our terms and conditions, and we have made a very fair and generous offer for the settlement."

    Liam was understandably unhappy with the explanation and is currently trying to force a pay out through an independent complaints committee.

    "If there's an error it's their fault for accepting the bet. It's very frustrating," he said.

    "Just under £15,000 for a big betting company is pennies for them but for me it's a life-changing amount of money. My dad's disabled so I was going to buy him a new disability scooter and keep the rest in savings."


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