POOR old Dan Majstorovic. The hapless Celtic defender was in the wrong place at the wrong time as he was credited with the 2000th goal scored by England.

The Swede could hardly do anything about it as Gareth Barry's miscued header flicked off his nut and into the net to give England a 1-0 win at Wembley.

It was initially given as Barry's goal but TV replays clearly showed his effort was going wide until it deflected off Majstorovic.

The official arbiter for first goals changed the scorer to an OG and bookies Ladbrokes and bet365 immediately announced they would pay out on Barry at 25-1 and no scorer.

William Hill followed suit yesterday but strangely I had to chase up Paddy Power after Shaun Taylor wasn't given his money for backing no scorer at 7-1. He's now been paid.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohue said: “Punters who backed Barry to hit the landmark goal can breathe easily. We've paid out on him to net first at a handsome price as well as settling all other bets by the letter of the law.”

Bet365's Steve Freeth said: “As a gesture of goodwill we have paid out on Gareth Barry as on first, last and anytime scorer markets as well as scorecast bets of Barry/1-0.”

Meanwhile, bet365 don't expect UEFA to alter Wayne Rooney's three-match ban at the appeal hearing on December 9. It's 1-3 the ban stays the same and 9-4 it's reduced.

14 Comments
  1. Mark 9 years ago

    I had money on an own goal been scored so i was worried a bit but bet365 paid out no problem 12/1 as well!!

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      Mark, they are duty bound to pay out on the own goal as Dan’s the official scorer. The points here is some bookies are also paying out on Barry so basically agreeing to two first scorers which is unusual these days. But the way, great bet, it should have been in our super single contest.

  2. Sheardy147 9 years ago

    Hi do you know if betfred are paying out in the Barry goal as well?

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      I’ll try to find out for you. If you did it online you will know from your balance. If you bet in a shop you can ask at the counter. Let me know if you hear before me.

  3. Ian 9 years ago

    Hi

    I had £15 on Barry with Stan James. Not long after the goal was scored my bet was settled as a winner and £345 paid into my online account. I withdrew my money and later on that evening they took the money back and my account showed a negative. I’ve queried their rules and thought once a payout was made, the bet was settled.

    Has this happened before to anyone ?

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      Barry, yeah I’ve heard of this before. Because bookies try to settle bets quickly they can pay out and reclaim the money if the scorer is corrected. If they hadn’t been able to take back the money it would have been difficult to do anything but close down your account. The only way to prevent this happening is for bookies to have a time delay on bets being settled and punters probably don’t want that. Email them and ask if like their rivals including bet365, Ladbrokes and William Hill they will consider paying out on Barry and no scorer.

  4. JAMES LOCKE 9 years ago

    Put £10 on G.Barry for 1st goal at 20/1 with a Coral outlet and they are refusing to pay out..Whats your thoughts?

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      James, regarding Coral they don’t have to pay out on Barry as it was officially and OG but it would be good PR if they did and followed rivals such as Ladbrokes and William Hill. I’ll give them a buzz and see what they’re saying. Can you tell me what shop you placed the bet.

    • JAMES LOCKE 9 years ago

      Thanks for your reply…

      Coral Bookmakers – Didsbury Road
      Stockport
      Cheshire
      SK4 3BS -Telephone: 0800 328 4273 .

      Bet placed on 15th Nov 2011 at 19:47:48.

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      OK, James. I’d hoped you had the bet in Scotland because I’ve got good contacts up here. I’ll get on to someone else at London head office and hopefully they’ll get back to me ASAP.

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      James, Coral not budging on this one. Don’t want the good PR I suppose but they’ll get some bad press because of it. Wouldn’t have thought Barry would be loser for them.

    • JAMES LOCKE 9 years ago

      Thanks for your help..

      Will now close my Coral phone account and never step in a Coral shop again…Its not the money, its a matter of principle..

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      James, that’s how you’ll hit them hardest to be honest.

  5. Neil 9 years ago

    Hi,

    Had Gareth Barry with Coral in Swindon. They are refusing to pay so clearly not interested in good PR. I have been going in there for the last 8 years. The Branch Manager and staff are lovely however I will never bet in a Coral Shop again.

    Neil

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