Leicester fan cashes out Premier League bet because dad was becoming ill

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Leicester fans who are holding onto their 5,000/1 pre-season title bets, we salute you.

Of course, those who have already cashed in deserve praise, too, simply for making the bet in the first place.

Any fan who placed the bet are either incredibly insightful, or were drunk at the time.


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One Leicester supporter who has cashed in his bet slip is Sam North, 26. He made a £10 wager at the start of the season and has just collected £29,000 in winnings.

Yet Sam doesn’t think Leicester will throw it away. In fact, he wants the players to know that he hasn’t lost faith in them.

The reason why Sam has cashed out is because it was making his father, a fellow Leicester fan, ill.

Sam claims that the strain of Leicester’s title bid - they have a five-point lead with seven games to go - is having an effect on his father Tim’s health, and he is being blamed for it.

“My Dad can’t enjoy the season anymore and he’s blaming me for it,” Sam said, per The Sun.

“He had to leave the house and go to the pub with ten minutes to go against Crystal Palace on Saturday. He said he just could not take the pressure. It was making him ill.

“I don’t want the lads to start thinking I’ve lost faith by cashing out as I genuinely do still believe they will do it.

“After what happened in their game on Sunday, I think Southampton will be a tough one for us and I can’t see Liverpool stopping Tottenham, so with nearly £30,000 on the table I just felt it was the right time.

That’s understandable. Despite Leicester’s advantage, the players have never been in this situation before and it’s easy to imagine the pressure of the situation being too much for them.

Tough fixtures ahead

Leicester’s run-in includes some potential banana skins, too. They’re still to play West Ham, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea before the season is over.

Sam added: “It’s a win-win situation now I’ve taken the money.

“I’m not sure many other fans would see it the same way but, with what Leicester have been through, winning the league is a far bigger deal to me than the money.

“I’d be more nervous about the actual title on the final day than the money if I hadn’t cashed out, but I actually think we’ll have it won before then due to the tough games Tottenham have got coming up.

“Then even if it does come down to it, I’m not convinced Chelsea will be giving it their all to stop us if it means Tottenham or Arsenal will benefit.”

Sam can now afford to follow his team in their European adventure.

Would you have cashed out if you were Sam? Have your say in the comments section below!

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