Bookies refund bets on Chelsea win

Reacting to the astonishing refereeing in last night's semi-final, some bookies have wasted no time pledging to refund bets placed on Chelsea to win.

Reacting to the astonishing refereeing in last night’s Champions League semi-final, Paddy Power has wasted no time pledging to refund bets placed on Chelsea to win tonight’s encounter and to qualify for the Champions League final.

Chelsea, who were on course for a Champions League final encounter with Manchester United, were seemingly denied at least four penalty appeals and then lost out after a 93rd minute winning strike from Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta.

A statement from Paddy Power said: “The refereeing in tonight’s match was disgraceful and we’re not going to let our punters suffer because of that nonsense.”

“Anyone who backed Chelsea to win in 90 minutes or to qualify for the Champions League final will get their money back.”

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba is expected to be hit with a lengthy ban from UEFA after the striker voiced his anger at the referee after the final whistle.

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