Following a howling display for his country against Germany, Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope has been spotted in his local Thomas Cook Travel Agent store attempting to obtain a refund on some return flights to Qatar he had booked a few weeks earlier.
According to reports in the Newcastle Brown Ale Chronicle which is the largest local newspaper in the north-east, Pope is understood to have headed directly to Thomas Cook from Wembley in a bid to obtain full refund on his package deal this winter, with staff unwilling to accommodate; only offering a credit note or transfer.
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“Bad night for Nick – shocking between the sticks for England and no refund available on his flights meaning he will be down in the dumps today“ confirmed a Geordie who was extremely sad on Nick’s behalf.
“I’m not sure if somebody injected him with a tranquilizer before the match or if the villain from Space Jam somehow stole his goalkeeping ability and soul, but last night was a catastrophe and not what we’ve come to expect from our number one.
“I mean if you want to put a positive spin on it, fair play to him – he made the worst German side in history look like they were peaks 90s material. He turned Kai Havertz into Jurgen Klinsmann.
“He couldn’t do the same for Timo Werner, but who could?”
However, Mrs Pope suggested there could be a silver lining amid the chaos.
“With Nick now not going away with England, it is going to give us so much time to do lots of Christmassy things such as Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and the Polar Express adventure,” she posted on her Instagram.
“Plus, we could always transfer those Qatar flights over to a trip to Lapland. Maybe he could ask Santa for a new career as goalkeeping obviously isn’t for him”.
Despite widespread criticism, the ex-Burnley stopper has received some backing from former England goalkeepers Scott Carson and Rob Green who took to social media with this message.
“Nick, our door is always open for you to come and enjoy the World Cup from the comfort of a sofa with us.
“Paul Robinson and David James will be here too. We will watch all the matches and discuss whatever comes into our minds, hearts, and souls. It will be a safe place for goalkeepers. Nobody will be pointing fingers in our house and replays of Ronaldinho chipping David Seaman in 2002 are strictly prohibited.
“We will provide pizza and support. Yours, Rob and Scott.”
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