Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Take Paddy Power Betfair to Court Over Betting Ad6 months ago
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is furious with Paddy Power Betfair for using his image to promote their betting company. The 46-year-old Norwegian told the media that he has already instructed his legal team to investigate.
The advertisement was a cheeky jibe at British prime minister to consider the Norwegian model during her Brexit negotiations. The text read:
“Theresa, time to try the Norwegian model?” “Ole to be given the job full time – 1/16”
The Irish bookmakers have a long history with publicity stunts, and probably should have learned their lesson after Sutton goalkeeper lost his job over one of their joke bets. Wayne Shaw is, how shall we say, rather portly for a man playing football at that level. Paddy Power offered odds on whether or not he would eat apie during the match and Shaw went on to do so in full view of the cameras. This was seen as influencing betting markets and ultimately cost him a small fine and his place in the team.
Solskjaer’s position on this is more serious than we might think at first glance. For a man in his position to be seen as connected with gambling instantly creates some serious problems. The money involved in football at this level, in both the game and betting markets,is obscene.
“They will have big problems with me. It is a betting company. I should not have anything to do with it. I promise you I will send this to my lawyer.”
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