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Complainant Name:
Mr John P Welch

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Press Association

Mr John P Welch of Merseyside complained that PA News incorrectly attributed a goal in the Champions League match between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen as an own goal, instead of to the Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. UEFA had awarded the goal to Solskjaer, on whom Mr Welch had placed a bet to score. His bookmakers had used the PA, rather than UEFA, interpretation, and consequently refused to pay out on the bet.

The matter was resolved when the PA clarified its procedure for awarding goals, and its links with the bookmaking industry. It also demonstrated its co-operation with UEFA, which subsequently recorded the goal as an own goal.

Report: 58

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