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herbie
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:29 pm

Paddy Powers was on BBC 5live radio this morning. The clip has been removed but a write up is still there on there website. Here's how he defended his position.

From BBC website
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01t7zg3
Paddy Power defends bets on Oscar Pistorius trial
DURATION: 01:29
Bookmaker Paddy Power has released an advert for betting on the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

The advert, which promotes a 'money back if he walks' offer, says all losing bets will be refunded if Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.

Jean Hatchett started a petition against the advert which says: 'Paddy Power please remove your offensive betting on the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial and donate any profits so far to a women's charity fighting violence against women'. It has been signed by 75,000 people so far.

Mr Paddy Power defended the company and described the trial as "like OJ Simpson on steroids":

“The reason we are betting on this and offering odds on this, is not because it’s a murder trial and not because someone is dead, it’s because it’s the most talked about global news story in the world at the moment.

“We are offering odds on the outcome of the trial; we are not offering odds on domestic violence or someone being killed, we are offering odds on the outcome of a trial that is taking place.”

MP Tom Watson called the bet "dirty and money grabbing" and hopes the advert is withdrawn.
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So expect a market on how many people will be killed in Ukraine, how many kids die in Syria..how many people will survive on the next motorway pile up..etc.
They will all be ' the most talked about global news story in the world at the moment',as he puts it.

Paddy Powers you're an idiot.

herbie
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:36 pm


hgodden
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:40 pm

I'm glad I don't have shares in them, if enough people get worked up and get boycotts going this could seriously hurt their business!

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BJGardner
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:47 pm

Yes all very distasteful, but he has got his name all over the radio and press the week before Cheltenham which was the real point of this stunt.

Once a year punters will now have heard of this "#Cheltmental" Irish bookmaker and it will probably drive more business his way than it loses.

Groovyelms
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:42 pm

to75ne wrote:its a bit unsavory betting on murder trials for crying out loud - no repect for the dead. fecking world just gets worse. sad very very sad. :(
Just appalling, goes back the days of public hangings, appalling that a book maker has entered this sort of market and indirectly contributed to a kangaroo court...
groovy :shock:

Iron
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:42 pm

I stopped following Paddy Power on Facebook ages ago as I was offended by one of their ads. I think they are targeting the sort of laddish, politically incorrect young man who reads Loaded, and figure something controversial is likely to increase their street cred with that audience. As a result, I suspect that they will see all the fuss that's being kicked up as being great for business.

The BBC and the Daily Mail are giving them publicity for free that money can't buy...

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Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:12 pm

Paddy Power is ordered to withdraw Oscar Pistorius advert

http://bbc.in/1f7OBCp

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to75ne
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Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:03 pm

Euler wrote:Paddy Power is ordered to withdraw Oscar Pistorius advert

http://bbc.in/1f7OBCp
very good.

its beyound the pale how they thought an ad of this nature could be acceptable. real real low.

andyfuller
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Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:31 am

Head in hands man is needed for Paddy Power's response:

Paddy Power Oscar Pistorius ad broke rules, ASA finds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26642437

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to75ne
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