Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper, Wayne Shaw, may have landed himself in hot water this morning after news that the new cult-hero amongst football fans is being investigated by the Gambling Commission and Football Association.
Millions of viewers watched last night as the larger-than-life character was seen eating a pie whilst sat on the substitutes bench towards the end of the Sutton vs Arsenal FA Cup fifth round tie, screened live on the BBC.
Shaw has this morning revealed that he was aware that Sun Bets were offering odds of 8/1 on him being caught by the TV cameras eating a pie. Sun Bets have revealed that one lucky punter bagged a five-figure win following the stunt.
Shaw claimed, "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. 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."
He was then asked if he knew of anyone that had backed the bet, to which 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."
His light-hearted view of the situation is not one shared by either the Football Association or in particular, the Gambling Commission. Richard Watson, enforcement and intelligence director for the Gambling Commission, 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."
Whether or not you agree with the Gambling Commission's ongoing investigation, one thing you cannot deny is that Sun Bets have clearly shown a fun, lighthearted approach to gambling in offering the bet.
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