Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw is under investigation from the gambling commission for munching on a pie during his side’s FA Cup tie with Arsenal.
The 45-year-old backup goalkeeper used his team’s big moment against the Gunners to take part in a betting stunt.
A newspaper’s betting company, which sponsored Sutton United for the game, had 8-1 odds that the overweight stopper would eat a meat pie during Monday’s Fifth Round tie.
After Sutton had used all their substitutions and there was no chance Shaw would appear in the 2-0 loss, he tucked into the pie while sitting on the bench. The footage of Shaw eating was broadcast on the BBC and quickly went viral.
‘I thought I would give them (the betting company) a bit of banter and let’s do it,’ Shaw explained afterwards.
The pie eating stunt could leave a sour taste for Shaw however, with the gambling commission confirming that they had opened an investigation.
FA rules prohibit players from betting on any ‘occurrence’ in a match.
Sutton manager Paul Doswell was not pleased with his tubby ‘keeper.
‘Wayne has become this global superstar on the back of being 23 stone (322 pounds),’ Doswell said. ‘He’s made that a chance to make some more media coverage off the back of it. I don’t think it shows us in the best light.’
Appearing on morning television today, Shaw said he had not made a bet himself.
‘We’re not allowed to bet, but a few of the lads laid on,’ Shaw said. ‘So hopefully there will be a pie and a pint in the local (pub) when I get back.’