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Sutton keeper Shaw resigns over Arsenal pie-eating incident

Back-up goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has resigned from Sutton United after Monday night's pie-eating controversy.

The 46-year-old was seen eating a meat pie on the bench late in his side's 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Arsenal at Gander Green Lane.

The Sun's SunBet had reportedly offered odds of 8/1 on Shaw doing exactly that and once Sutton had made their three substitutes, the veteran gloveman launched into the pie.

The FA and the Gambling Commission will now investigate the incident for which Shaw has opted to step down from his role as the club's community liaison officer, pitch caretaker and reserve keeper.

Manager Paul Doswell confirmed to Sky Sports: "I woke up this morning and a mini-crisis had started.

"We realised the implications of what had happened, with regards to the FA and the Gambling Commission, and unfortunately Wayne has resigned from his position on the back of that.

"As I understand it, he talked in terms of an 8/1 fun bet if he was to eat a pie. None of us were aware of that situation, because obviously we would have advised him very clearly not to have done it.

"For a club that holds such great values and ethics, and I think we have conducted ourselves superbly through this cup run, it is very unfortunate.

"He is a very good friend of mine but it is something which the board in particular found unacceptable.

"He has left the club as of now, with a heavy heart from my perspective. I thought for three weeks it was great banter that he provided for people.

"Knowing Wayne as I do, he was swept along with that, but he has made an error of judgement.

"It is one of the saddest stories in football today, because Wayne is a great character and also president of our community and our disabled teams and the girls' teams.

"We are all being looked at as to whether we had a bet and it is a depressing day for me."

Andrew Slevison
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