Fat Goalkeeper Eats Pie – Resigns for Gambling Scandal

Wayne Shaw is by no means an elite footballer in Britain. In fact, he was a player/coach for the fifth-division Sutton United, playing backup goalkeeper because the team can’t bring on unnecessary reserves. But Shaw took center stage when Arsenal visited Sutton’s tiny 5,013-seat stadium – a match that Arsenal easily win 2-0. Shaw didn’t […]

wayne-shaw-eats-pieWayne Shaw is by no means an elite footballer in Britain. In fact, he was a player/coach for the fifth-division Sutton United, playing backup goalkeeper because the team can’t bring on unnecessary reserves.

But Shaw took center stage when Arsenal visited Sutton’s tiny 5,013-seat stadium – a match that Arsenal easily win 2-0. Shaw didn’t get in the game, but he made his mark when cameras caught him eating a pie during the match.

At first glance, this seemed like just a funny incident of a guy who weights 300 pounds living up to a stereotype. But a closer look shows that Shaw spurred a gambling scandal, however harmless his intentions seemed. And sadly, he’s now chosen to resign from his position as goalkeeping coach.

wayne-shaw-eats-pie-gamblingShaw was at the center of an 8/1 odds prop bet, based on him being captured by cameras eating a pie. While a jokey bet, this was still a real wager with real money on the line. It doesn’t help that Shaw admitted he knew about the bet and his friends placed money on it.

British Football Association officials looked into the matter, making Shaw feel pressured to resign. Here’s what the coach said before his resignation, via DeadSpin:

“A few of the lads said to me earlier on: ‘What is going on with the 8-1 about eating a pie?’ I said: ‘I don’t know, I’ve eaten nothing all day, so I might give it a go later on,’” he said. “Sun Bets had us at 8-1 to eat a pie. I thought I would give them a bit of banter and let’s do it. All the subs were on and we were 2-0 down.

“I went and got it at half time from the kitchen, I had it all prepared and ready to go. It was meat and potato,” added Shaw.

wayne-shaw-eats-pie-1Asked if he knew anyone had backed the bet, he replied: “I think there were a few people. Obviously we are not allowed to bet. I think a few of the mates and a few of the fans.

“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.”

It’s clear that Shaw knew about the wager and that eating the pie would influence the action. While it’s a tragedy that he’s forced to resign from his job, he still should’ve known better.

 

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