'Piegate' goalkeeper resigns in tears over betting rules probes
The Sutton United goalkeeper filmed eating a pie on the substitute's bench during his side's 2-0 FA Cup defeat by Arsenal quit the club in tears yesterday after admitting a "costly error of judgment".
Wayne Shaw resigned within hours of the Gambling Commission and the Football Association announcing investigations into his actions after it emerged that a betting company had offered odds against any Sutton player tucking into a pie during the televised game.
Sutton manager Paul Doswell announced Mr Shaw's fate on live television: "This decision was taken at board level," he said.
"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."
The news capped a surreal few hours in the history of the world's oldest cup competition.
Mr Shaw (46), who weighs 20 stone, was caught on camera tucking into the pie minutes from the end of Monday's game as Sutton trailed 2-0 having used all three subs.
He admitted knowing about the wager offered by Sun Bets, the online betting branch of 'The Sun' newspaper, whose logo also appeared on Sutton's shirts.
"I thought I would give them a bit of banter. It was meat and potato," he said.
Mr Shaw denied he had placed a bet himself, but as his pie-eating antics made headlines it became clear the stunt had gone wrong.
"Integrity in sport is not a joke," said Richard Watson of the Gambling Commission.
The FA has announced its own probe.