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21st Feb 2017

Twitter is divided as Sutton’s Wayne Shaw agrees to resign from club after ‘pie-gate’ fiasco

The club has issued a statement.

Tom Victor

Who would have thought a remarkable FA Cup run would result in a club stalwart agreeing to quit in disgrace as a result of off-pitch events.

Sutton United goalkeeping coach and backup goalkeeper Wayne Shaw – in his third spell with the club – has agreed to step down after what will now forever be known as ‘pie-gate’ got him in potential trouble with the Gambling Commission.

Shaw was seen munching on a pie – or perhaps a pasty – towards the end of Sutton’s FA Cup fifth round defeat to Arsenal.

The issue at hand is that SunBets, Sutton’s shirt sponsors for the game, were offering odds on such an eventuality.

A Gambling Commission investigation is thought to be underway, with the commission keen to determine whether or not the incident constituted a breach of betting regulations, the BBC has reported.

Some have suggested there were bigger problems than Shaw’s antics alone.

There was sympathy for the veteran.

But on the other hand…

There were puns.

And more puns.

Then some more

But perhaps we were missing the real story here.

‘Wayne Shaw has resigned from his role at Sutton United following the events of last evening and subsequent publicity,’ a Sutton United club statement reads.

‘He has said that he ‘fully understands the club’s position regarding this matter.’

‘We are naturally disappointed that Wayne’s time with us should end in this manner, and would like to thank him for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.’

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