While most of the world reacted in horror and disgust after Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez appeared to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, a handful of gamblers in Scandinavia were celebrating as their unlikely bet was paid out on.
online bookmaker Betsafe had been offering odds of 175-1 that the
Uruguayan, twice banned for biting, would sink his teeth into an
opponent during the World Cup in Brazil. Sure enough, more than 100
gamblers decided that it was worth a punt. And when Suarez did just that near the end of their Group D clash in Natal, it was time to celebrate.
winner, Jonathan Braeck from Stenungssund in Sweden, bet 80 Swedish
krona (£7) that Suárez would bite, and the 23-year-old substitute
teacher is now set for a payout of 14,000 krona (£1,225) for his wager.
“First I thought I’d bet a little more, but a friend said I was just wasting my money,” a delighted Braeck told the SportExpressen newspaper.
“When Italy took over the game you knew that he could go a little
crazy,” he added. “I didn’t think that he would bite, but that he’d do
something stupid. Then he did the best stupid thing that he could do.”
Braeck said he intends to spend some of his winnings on travelling to a
Premier League game in England, but he will not be visiting Liverpool to
see the man who helped fund his trip. “It will be a trip to Manchester.
I’m going to try to find someone to go with me to Manchester United,”
he said. “If I had [Suárez’s] home address I’d send him a thank-you
card. It was very nice of him to bite and give me a trip to Manchester.”
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