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By Chineze Ogugua

A bookmaker has given odds on a dead footballer replacing sacked Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp in error.

Bookmaker Paddy Power offered 66/1 on ex-Aston Villa and England defender Ugo Ehiogu taking over Birmingham City after Redknapp was sacked which was seen by its customers for a period of five minutes before it was taken down.

Paddy Power also offered odds of 2,500/1 on Brummie rocker Ozzy Osbourne replacing Redknapp and immediately apologised for a “genuine error”.

In a statement, Paddy Power apologised to Ehiogu’s family, saying that no offence was meant.

“This was a genuine error, a trader re-used an old market as a template for this one, and didn’t notice that Mr Ehiogu was included,” it said.

“Obviously, that was a mistake, one which was rectified as soon as it was spotted, within minutes.”

Ehiogu made more than 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 and then spent seven years at Middlesbrough. The centre-back also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United, before retiring in 2009.

He began coaching at Tottenham in 2014 and collapsed at the club’s training centre on 20 April before passing on the next day.


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