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Ian Poulter pays off soccer bet to Lee Westwood in hilariously salty fashion

January 18, 2022

For my money (no pun intended) there is nothing more cringeworthy than paying off a lost bet to a buddy, be it on the golf course or after a sporting event you took the wrong side on. You can live with paying your bookie after a bad week, but a lost bet to a friend is something you'll never hear the end of.

This was the unfortunate situation Ian Poulter found himself in recently with good friend and fellow Englishman Lee Westwood. Poulter's favorite soccer team, Arsenal, played Westwood's favorite team, Nottingham Forest, in the FA Cup two Sundays ago. Naturally, they made a friendly wager on the game, though their idea of friendly is a cool $100.

Unfortunately for Poults, Nottingham eeked out a 1-0 victory, and when it came time to pay the piper, Westwood made sure to whip out his camera for some quality content. Poulter returned serve by paying out the bet in hilariously salty fashion:

A welcher, this man is not. Twitter user Tom Brooks described this exchange perfectly:

Bingo. Good on Poults for paying up, and for possibly creating a universal method of paying out debts to close friends. If you have to endure that pain, a solid middle finger in return is very much within the rules.