The end of the 2019-2020 English Premier League (EPL) season came to an end on Sunday 26th July, with a lot of drama witnessed as usual, where the fight off relegation and Champions League spots was witnessed.
However, for Antony Johnson, the end of the season meant so much to him, more so the match between Manchester United and Leicester. At the beginning of the season, Johnson had placed one of the most unrealistic bets with Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker founded in 1988 in Dublin, Ireland.
In a bet slip seen by Wakajuaness.Com, Johnson had placed a bet on Manchester United’s midfielder, Jesse Lingard, not to score or assist a Premier League goal in the 2019-2020 season.
With a stake of £3.30, Johnson was to win a massive £135.30, which equates to over Ksh. 18,000. While it seemed not realistic, he was set to make his fairy tale on the last matchday, as Lingardhad never scored or assisted throughout the season.
— Antony Johnson (@Fat_Tony88) July 16, 2020
The ghosts seemingly could not let that be when Lingard was introduced on in the 77th minute in place of Mason Greenwood, with the Red Devils leading 1-0. The game was well poised to end, with five minutes of added time, only for Lingard to pounce on an error from Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and net his first goal of the season on the 98th minute.
The bet had lost. However, with the bizarre surrounding Johnson’s prediction, Ireland’s largest telephone betting service company Paddy Power which conducts business through a chain of licensed betting shops in Ireland and the United Kingdom, decided to pay him the winning amount, and any other person who backed the bet.
“Tough beat. We’ll be paying this one out as a winner. Have a fizzy drink on us. Anyone who backed this selection will have their bet settled as a winner. Enjoy” the company said on Twitter, captioning the bet slip by Johnson.
Tough beat. We’ll be paying this one out as a winner.
Have a fizzy drink on us. pic.twitter.com/AzplA0V7L7
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 26, 2020
Johnson, however, while appreciating the offer from the company, did not take the money, but rather forwarded it to the Black Lives Matter charity organization in the United Kingdom, as a donation.
“Shoutout to paddy power for paying out anyway but I can’t accept this. If you’ve enjoyed this tweet, consider making a donation to Black Lives Matter UK” he posted.
Shoutout to @paddypower for paying out anyway but I can’t accept this.
— Antony Johnson (@Fat_Tony88) July 26, 2020
It was an interesting moment for footballing fans all over the world, with some suggesting that Jesse Lingard should reach out to Johnson and offer him his signed United shirt, or also make a donation to the organization.
It is a world of fairy tales!