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Republic of Ireland v England: Paddy Power covers shop in bubble wrap to make it 'yob-proof' ahead of Aviva Stadium clash

Paddy Power has wrapped a shop front in bubble wrap in order to make it "yob-proof" ahead of this Sunday's match between the Republic of Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium.

The stunt saw the bookmaker wrap up the shop, in Dublin's Baggot Street, "in [the] hope of avoiding any damage that may come from violent yobs, knobs and hooligans who may infiltrate the Three Lions' well-meaning travelling support".

A statement from the gambling firm said: "With Ireland and the old enemy set to clash for the first time since English hooligans tore Lansdowne Road to pieces, Paddy Power have moved to protect their closest shop to the ground by 'Yob-Proofing' the exterior of their Baggot Street branch."

A dog, bike and parked car were also wrapped in bubble wrap and tape marked #YobProof.

A spokesperson defended the move and threw in a reference to Cromwell for good measure.

"It’s not that I’m anti-English. Some of my best friends are English. But you can’t deny you’ve sent us some bad eggs over time. "Cromwell for example. He would have smashed up The Aviva if it was around in the 1600s.

"Us Irish wage war in a more subtle way. We just pillage your players and send you Louis Walsh."

The bookmakers are offering 25/1 for "history to repeat itself and the match to be abandoned" and odds of "11/4 for more than 10 fans to be arrested at the stadium".

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