Chelsea balls: Antonio Conte sacked and not sacked
Did you read the news that Chelsea are all set to sack Antonio Conte, their manager? It’s nonsense. He isn’t being sacked. The Sun has confirmed that Conte is not being sacked by Chelsea:
Antonio Conte sacked: Chelsea boss’ future at Stamford Bridge is safe after betting firms spark sack rumours
Which betting firms started that rumour then?
The Sun had more:
Which bookmakers were no longer taking money on Conte’s sacking? The paper told readers:
Sun Bets, Betway and Paddy Power have both suspended betting on Conte being the second Premier League boss to get the boot.
Three betting companies have “both” suspended betting on Chelsea sacking Conte?
But only one bookmaker was talking to the Sun. Can you guess which one?
A spokesperson for Sun Bets said: “We’ve currently suspended the next Premier League manager to go until the rumours about Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea settle down… Diego Simeone is Sun Bets 7/2 favourite to take over the reigns.”
There is no word from any other betting companies.
To recap, then. Antonio Conte has not been sacked. He was never going to be sacked. It was all just a rumour rooted in bookmakers’, like Sun Bets, and amplified by that company’s sister publication The Sun newspaper, which thoughtfully reproduced the odds on something not happening for its readers to study.
And, boy, did the Sun milk the non-news news story about its betting arm:
Such are the facts.