MANCHESTER UNITED icon Dimitar Berbatov left four fans shocked during a debate over football’s unfairest moment.
The Bulgarian spoke to the supporters over Zoom as part of a new feature he is fronting.
Betfair Ambassador Berbatov will be judging football injustices in a new weekly feature.
And to launch the series he dropped in on three fans who opened up about their unfairest moments in football.
United fan, Dan, missed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 1999 Champions League winning goal because he was in the toilet.
Lifelong Arsenal supporter Adil fell asleep after a night shift and missed a North London derby at Highbury.
And Richard – a fan of trophy-shy Tottenham – had a general moan about his club’s recent form.
Adil said: “When I was telling my story of my unfair moment it was a brilliant surprise to meet a Premier League great.
“When he first came on the screen and turned his chair around I thought he was a James Bond villain. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it was Berbatov.”
Dan added: “When Berbatov came on I couldn’t believe it, it was amazing to spend time with such a great United player and talk about football and things at the club.
“After the call, I spent the afternoon watching videos and highlights of his greatest goals.
“He wasn’t at the club for as long as some of the other greats, but he is one of my favourite United players.
“Ever since, I’ve been telling my mates how he’s now a good friend and how we’re on a first name basis. It was awesome telling them about it.”
‘OH MY GOD IT’S BERBA!’
And Richard gushed: “It was bonkers, he’s a Spurs legend and I was blown away to see him on the call. As soon as I heard his voice I thought ‘oh my God, it’s Berba!’
“He’s up there as one of Spurs’ greatest ever players, he was a magician and I’ve been watching the club since 1987 and I haven’t seen many players better than him.”
Berbatov, 40, said: “Most of the time football can be very cruel to players, teams and especially fans.
“You can have a great game and deserve to be winning but then in the 95th minute a decision could go against you and ‘bam’, you lose the match and you are heartbroken.
“It used to take me a long time to get over these moments.
“I enjoyed speaking to the three fans and hearing about their unfair moments. Their stories were sad, unfortunate but also funny.
“I was listening to them and I couldn’t believe that these things actually happened, they were so unlucky.
“I’m sure we all have a story like one of theirs and it’s good to laugh about it.
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“I’m looking forward to my new role as VAR-Batov and I am going to be a fair judge.
“I will always speak the truth and call out the injustices that I see, after all, it’s only fair.”
Betfair’s VAR-Batov series will start next week, and people are encouraged to tweet their moments of football injustice from the upcoming weekend that have affected their bet to @Betfair using #VARBatov.