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Justice for Northern Ireland: Bookmaker to refund bets on NI to reach World Cup finals

By Gareth Hanna

Paddy Power can't exactly hand Northern Ireland their spot on a plane to Russia this summer, but they've done what little they can to give 'justice' to some disappointed Northern Ireland supporters.

That's after referee Ovidiu Hategan this week admitted his error in awarding a penalty for an alleged handball against Corry Evans in the World Cup play-off first leg against Switzerland at Windsor Park.

Hategan said it was a 'sad, unpleasent moment' a recognised that the decision was a 'mistake.' Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez tucked away the spot-kick for the only goal of the tie, sending his side to this year's World cup finals in Russia and ensuring NI's campaign ended in the most cruel of heartbreaks..

Paddy Power will compensate betters that may be out money as a result of Northern Ireland's play-off defeat.

 “The referee’s admission is refreshing but, ultimately, doesn’t make much difference to disappointed fans," said the bookmaker.

“We decided to give the punters some justice, too, by refunding those who backed Northern Ireland to qualify for Russia.”

NB: Refunds of a free bet apply to the following: Any single bets placed pre-match for the 1st leg of Northern Ireland v Switzerland. Any single bets placed pre-match for the 2nd leg and any single bets placed on the Northern Ireland ‘To Qualify for World Cup 2018’ market. No max bet.

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