Forget about those Pakistani cricketers. Stop worrying about people rigging National Rugby League games. These gambling incidents are getting serious. They have now struck the Mercury music awards for the UK and Ireland’s album of the year. Over the weekend the odds of Paul Weller winning have been slashed from 20/1 to 1/10 after an “unprecedented” rush of bets from people backing him to win.
Bookmaker William Hill reports that more than 100 wagers of up to £100 each were put on Weller on Friday night — mostly in shops in the Birmingham area. Weller’s Wake Up the Nation is one of 12 albums in contention for the award which will be judged tonight our time.