Unlucky punter ‘devastated’ after missing out on £90,000 with £5 footie bet

An unlucky punter missed out on a whopping £90,000 return and has been left "devastated" by the close call.

Finance worker, Jamie Grant Jessop, from Essex, saw his dreams crumble after the referee's decision affected his life from changing by the big payout.

The 21-year-old placed a £5 stake on the correct scorelines for three Premier League matches.

He correctly predicted Newcastle would beat Burnely 2-1, at 12/1 odds, and West Ham would secure a 3-2 win over Leicester City, at 33/1 odds.

But the football fan's final bet, that Manchester United would beat Tottenham Hotspurs at 4-1 at 40/1 odds was doomed.

The ref ruled out footballer Edinson Cavani's opener for Manchester United thanks to a "wrist flick".

Striker Edinson Cavani’s opener was ruled out by video assistant referee (VAR) Chris Kavanagh after teammate Scott McTominay’s arm caught opposing player Son Heung-min.

The decision proved to be costly for punters like Jamie.

“I felt absolutely numb as I thought if it wasn’t for the VAR decision and Son going down, easily then I would be £90,000 richer,” Jamie said.

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“This would have made me have a head-start financially in life – I was devastated.

“If the VAR didn’t overrule Cavani’s goal due to Scott McTomlinay’s wrist flick then it would have been 4-1 to Man United, therefore I would have won £90,000 off a £5 stake.”

He shared his devastation on Twitter where his post went viral with 19,000 likes.

Fellow football fans felt his heartbreak and tried to cheer him up.

One person commented: “Mate that is hard to look at… I feel for you bud.”

“Ref owes you 90k mate,” another person insisted.

Someone else said: “F*** that’s soooo sad.”

One person said they would be crying if they were in Jamie’s position, while someone else described the incident as “horrendous”.

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Another person pointed out: “Absolutely gutting, very unfortunate. But the game may well have panned out differently had Mancs take the lead.

“I.e. not a given at all that Tottenham would have even scored.”

Luckily, the close-call doesn’t appear to have put Jamie off of future bets.

He added: “I won’t be put down by this."

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