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Paddy Power offer free bet to Torres, Arshavin and other ‘benchwarmers’

We don’t think they’re one bit sorry.

PADDY POWER HAVE issued a tongue-in-cheek apology to the five Premier League stars targeted in their recent ’2nd jobs for subs’ campaign.

One poster suggesting that Andrei Arshavin should clean the Arsenal toilets appeared just outside of the Emirates Stadium, while Fernando Torres was told that he could easily find an onion bag in the Chelsea burger van.

Both London clubs were reportedly considering legal action to get the posters removed.

Peter Odemwingie, Darren Bent and Jose Bosingwa also woke up to suggestions on how to get off the substitutes’ bench and better spend their time.

A Paddy Power spokesman said: “Despite having had a great response from fans, it seems that some of the players have had their rather expensive feathers ruffled by our billboard suggestions.

“We now realise the error of our ways and hope that our offer of a free bet will give them an excuse to take a five minute break from all that exhausting, top-level bench-warming and have a punt on when they might next get into a starting line-up.”

Here is the ‘apology’ advert run by the company in two UK newspapers this weekend…

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