Wayne Shaw resigns as reserve goalkeeper at Sutton United as FA investigate pie-eating incident during Arsenal FA Cup tie.
Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating stunt led to an investigation by the Football Association and the Gambling Commission for potentially breaching betting rules during the FA Cup tie against Arsenal.
The National League club’s manager Paul Doswell revealed this afternoon Shaw had been asked to hand in his resignation, a move he has agreed to.
“This decision was taken at board level,” he told Sky News. “We felt we had to take very strong actions. The chairman spoke to him this afternoon and Wayne offered his resignation.”
“I’m devastated, the chairman is devastated. I have spoken to Wayne and the guy is in tears, crying down the phone. It is a very sad situation.”
Wayne Shaw became something of an internet sensation when he was pictured eating a pie in the 83rd minute of the game on Monday evening which was shown live on television. However before the tie a bookmaker had offered odds of 8-1 that Shaw would eat a pie on camera during the match and adverts were carried in a newspaper sponsoring non-league Sutton.
An FA spokesperson confirmed: “We are investigating to establish whether there has been any breach of The FA rules relating to betting.”
The Gambling Commission, which licenses and regulates gambling in Britain, says it is also looking into whether there was any “irregularity in the betting market and establishing whether the operator has met its licence requirement to conduct its business with integrity”. It warned operators (betting companies) in June last year about the integrity of taking bets on novelty markets.
“Integrity in sport is not a joke and we have opened an investigation to establish exactly what happened,” said enforcement and intelligence director Richard Watson.
Sun Bets, who sponsored Sutton for the fifth-round tie, tweeted that it had paid out a “five-figure sum” on the bet while Shaw admitted he was told of the betting promotion before the game.
“I thought I would give them a bit of banter and let’s do it,” he added. “All the subs were on and we were 2-0 down…It was just a bit of banter for them. It is something to make the occasion as well and you can look back and say it was part of it and we got our ticket money back.”