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Paddy Power to refund Frankie Cocozza bets

9/11/2011
Bookmakers Paddy Power are refunding bets on Frankie Cocozza winning this year’s X Factor after the controversial singer was kicked off the ITV show.

The 18-year-old was axed following what he described as some “out-of-control behaviour”. He left the show on Tuesday and Paddy Power have moved swiftly to offer money back to punters who backed him to win the series outright. The Irish firm took around £10,000 on Cocozza claiming the title.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said:"Frankie's punters didn't get much of a run for their money so we're only too happy to have a decent excuse to give their money back." An announcement is expected on Wednesday regarding any changes to the format or structure of the contest following Cocozza's departure ahead of the next live show on Saturday.

Paddy Power make Marcus Collins 9/4 favourite to win the series, followed by Janet Devlin at 3/1 and Craig Colton at 7/2.
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