Sutton United’s reserve keeper Wayne Shaw has become a social media sensation after his antics in their FA cup clash with English giants Arsenal on Monday night. Images of the 46 year old mowing the grass, hovering the dugout and drinking beer with fans at half time have been causing a stir online. The most popular of the images however is one of big Wayne chomping on a pie in the 83rd minute of the game which has now resulted in an investigation into Shaw from the FA and The Gambling Commission for potentially breaching betting rules.
The investigation was sparked by a bet offered before the game by a bookmaker, setting 8-1 odds that Shaw would eat a pie on camera during the game. Wayne, when asked if he knew anyone who had taken up the bet, stated “I think there were a few people. Obviously we are not allowed to bet. I think a mate and a few of the fans”.
The gambling Commission says it is looking into whether there was any “irregularity in the betting market and establishing whether the operator has met its license requirement to conduct its business with integrity”. The Gambling Commission previously warned operators in June last year about the integrity of taking bets on novelty markets.
Shaw said he was told about the betting promotion before the game and thought he would give them a bit of banter with all the subs on and Sutton 2-0 down. Shaw is now under scrutiny for potentially breaching betting regulations, a seemingly harsh price to pay for a bit of a laugh and a hungry belly.