|Bookmakers William Hill will pay out to customers who bet on Tottenham HotSpurs' player Pedro Mendes scoring the first goal in the match against Manchester United, which was a 20/1 shot with Hills, and to anyone placing a bet that he would score at any time during the game - an 11/2 chance. The goal in question was disallowed by match officials in contentious circumstances.|
'This is probably the most bizarre incident ever to occur in the Premiership and we feel that anyone who bet on Mendes to score first, or to score at all, is entitled to feel hard done by because clearly both the referee and linesman were unsighted by a one in a million fluke situation. Therefore we have decided to pay out to - the admittedly few - customers who would have definitely been on a winner had the goal been given as it quite obviously should have been. The concession will not apply to correct score bets or outright result bets as noone can say for sure what the final score would have been had the Mendes goal been allowed - after all, in the past United have scored twice in the final minute of a match,' said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.