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Pie-eating goalkeeper charged by FA with betting offences

Sat, Jul 15, 7:15am by Bren O'Brien

Wayne Shaw, the veteran goalkeeper who won fame from eating a pie during an FA Cup match, has been charged by the English FA for breaching betting rules.

The sight of the reserve goalkeeper helping himself to a pie in the 83rd minute of the fifth-round Cup tie between his Sutton United and Arsenal was relayed around the world.

The 45-year-old became an instant cult figure for his actions, with his in-match culinary choices standing in stark contrast to the million dollar Premier League professionals he was playing against.

But it emerged that not only had bookie Sunbet offered 8/1 about him eating a pie during the match, but that Shaw may have been in on the joke.

What was seemingly a harmless prank led to the FA launching an investigation and Shaw, whose career was ended by the drama that evolved from his actions, has now been charged.

“It is alleged the former Sutton United goalkeeper intentionally influenced a football betting market during The Emirates FA Cup fifth round tie against Arsenal on Monday 20 February 2017, contrary to FA Rule E5(a),” an FA statement read.

“In addition, it is alleged he acted in a manner which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).”

Shaw did not gain anything financially from the stunt and was made to resign his position when the FA launched their investigation.

He has until 6pm on Friday, July 21 to respond to both FA charges.

He admitted to the BBC in May that the incident had taken a substantial personal toll on him.

“My world fell in. I was in tears. I had never been sacked in my life. It’s on my mind every day, it probably will be for a long time,” he said.

“I’ve been through depression. I wasn’t sleeping right, I could feel myself getting stressed. And I’ve still got that knot in my stomach.”

“The following afternoon it was a situation where I either resigned or they sacked me.”

“No-one asked for my side of the story. The club’s knee-jerk reaction was that they wanted nothing to do with it.”

“I haven’t made any money and my friends haven’t made any money. I probably got carried away, after a whole career of having the mickey taking out of me. That was all it was meant to be.”


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