‘Irregular betting’ accusations over Ryan Giggs’ BBC Sports Personality of the Year win
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Ryan Giggs’ surprise BBC Sports Personality of the Year victory might not have been such a shock to some punters. Accusations have been made that news of the 36-year-old’s win was leaked in the 20 minutes before he received the trophy after a late flurry of bets forced bookmakers to slash his odds.
The influx of flutters saw Giggs move from 3/1 outsider to the new favourite, ahead of Jenson Button. Disgruntled punters claim there was no reason for the late shift other than a leak.
But their claims have been dismissed by the BBC, which said only four people, locked together in a room, knew the result before it was announced.
And bookmakers Betfair also played down the concerns.
A spokesman said: “This was late, unexpected and significant and we are looking into it as a matter of course. But there are no real concerns at this stage.”
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