I hope the meat and potato pie that Sutton United’s goalkeeper Wayne Shaw scoffed during the match was worth it.
The 46-year-old reserve keeper, known as the ‘roly-poly goalie’ because he is larger than the average goalie, prompted 8/1 odds at the bookies that he would eat a pie during the match against Arsenal.
Shaw is now under investigation by the Gambling Commission for his conduct and potential lack of integrity in sport.
— SlashFootball (@slashfootball) February 21, 2017
Shaw, who was seen getting a pint at half time, said after the match:
A few of the lads said to me earlier on what is going on with the 8-1 [bet] about eating a pie. I said I don’t know, I have eaten nothing all day. So I might give it a go later on.
As I say what is that, Sun Bet had us at 8-1 to eat a pie. I thought I would give them a bit of banter and 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.
Anyone involved in the match day is not allowed to bet, and Shaw claimed he was just doing it for a ‘bit of banter’ for the fans.
— David (@Davesaninja) February 21, 2017
Gambling Commission enforcement and intelligence director Richard Watson said:
Integrity in sport is not a joke and we have opened an investigation to establish exactly what happened.
As part of that we’ll be looking into any irregularity in the betting market and establishing whether the operator has met its licence requirement to conduct its business with integrity.
Do you think the investigation is harsh? A lot of commotion over a half time pie…