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Despite not playing a single minute of their FA Cup clash against Arsenal last night, Wayne Shaw was the talk of the town following his antics prior to kick-off and on the sidelines.
From hoovering the dug-outs, nipping out to the bar at half-time to the controversial pie gate.
The 45-year-old has since resigned from his position as goalkeeping coach and reserve keeper.
He took to Twitter seemingly in good spirits.
I'm out of contract now so open to offers. China is on the cards America too but awiting sky sports offer.:grinning: https://t.co/ow7Wfj18Pj
- Wayne Shaw (@wayneshaw70) February 17, 2017
Before this, he joked that he would join Arsenal for six Cornish pasties.
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He found himself becoming an Internet legend last night during his team's FA Cup match against Arsenal.
As well as popping to the bar at half-time, he was also snapped tucking into a pie while on the sub's bench.
What an absolute fucking bloke. pic.twitter.com/JmxfX0wkS6
- TheODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) February 20, 2017
Wayne Shaw - Sutton United - Goals and Skills - 2016/17 pic.twitter.com/wUEflQuLv6
- J. (@HoiIett) February 20, 2017
I kid you not. Sutton reserve keeper Wayne Shaw is in the bar at half-time. pic.twitter.com/f7014pXRBP
- Chris Slegg (@ChrisSlegg) February 20, 2017
However, the 23-stone goalie is now facing a betting probe from the Gambling Commission, and the FA could follow suit, due to his snack, because a bookie was offering odds of 8-1 that he would be 'caught' eating a pie at some point during the match. Honestly.
Shaw admitted after the game: "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 think there were a few people. Obviously we [Sutton's players] 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."
Gambling Commission enforcement and intelligence director Richard Watson told the Independent: "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."
When you're hungry, you're hungry #WayneShaw pic.twitter.com/CU560JK4hl
- Emma Denley (@emma_denley) February 20, 2017
Shaw's gaffer, Paul Doswell, was less happy about the situation. He told the Telegraph: "I think Wayne has become this global superstar on the back of being 23 stone. He's made that a chance to make some more media coverage off the back of it. The reality is I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me. I don't think it shows us in the best light."
According to rules from the FA, players should not "instruct, permit, cause or enable" any person to bet the "result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition." However, as yet the FA has refused to comment on the investigation.
Sutton were beaten 2-0 after Lucas Perez and painfully average Theo Walcott both scored, securing Arsenal's place in the quarter-finals, where they will face National League side Lincoln.
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