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Star from Posh bets he won’t serve nosh
May 24, 2010, 6:34 pm
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A WORLD Cup wager will put a Posh striker in hell’s kitchen unless England can cook up a Michelin star performance this summer.

The bet could see Peterborough United striker Craig Mackail Smith (26) swap balls for bills as he puts in shifts working at his favourite Italian restaurant.

Co-owner of Toscanini, Paolo Bianchi made an offer that if England progress further than his beloved Azzuri he will clean the frontman’s boots all next season.

However, should reigning champions Italy advance further, Craig will have to put in 10 shifts washing pots and cleaning tables at the restaurant in Peterborough Road, Eye.

Goal ace Craig said: “I don’t know what I’ve got myself into – I have left myself at Paolo’s discretion.

“I have got a lot of confidence that England will do the business though. We have a great manager and a brilliant squad and I think we could go all the way.

“I have never worked in a restaurant before but I have known Paolo for years so I have been behind the bar and I’m sure I could pull a pint or two.”

The pair have also agreed that if the two teams are knocked out at the same stage they will both take their forfeits like good sports.

The pair have been friends for three years but Paolo said he is not going to give Craig any preferential treatment if he works at Toscanini.

He said: “I will make sure that the glasses pile up 25 metres high and put him on washing up duty. In a perfect world Italy will beat England in the final, then Craig can clean up while we celebrate.”

Paolo was born and bred in Peterborough and despite the bet he is still hoping England do well in South Africa.

He said: “Since we opened in 1995 we always have both flags up during football tournaments.

“My parents came over to Peterborough in the 1950s but my partner (Nety Cole) is English and my children Jessica and Isabella were raised as both nationalities.”

Paolo runs the restaurant with his sister Rosanna Lester, who is seeing the bet as a win-win situation.

Rosanna said: “My brother would hate having to clean Craig’s boots for a whole season so that would be hilarious. But it would also be great being able to order a footballer around, so I can’t really lose.”


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