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One of the best things about the FA Cup is that it gives us the chance to see soccer superpowers take on minnows from the bottom of the English soccer pyramid. And when you get matchups like that, you never know what might happen.
Just take a look at what happened on Monday, when perennial Premier League powerhouse Arsenal travelled to the other side of London to play fifth-tier Sutton United in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Sutton’s backup goalkeeper—a 46-year-old, 300-pound guy named Wayne Shaw who also serves as stadium caretaker and goalkeeping coach—was spotted pulling a Mark Sanchez on the bench. Only instead of a hot dog or chicken fingers, he was eating a meat and potato pie. Because England.
See for yourself:
Not even hot dog-lover Mark Sanchez can compete with Sutton goalkeeper Wayne Shaw scarfing down a giant meat pie vs Arsenal pic.twitter.com/yVFzcIHf3i
— TotalProSports.com (@TotalProSports) February 20, 2017
Crazy, right? Well just wait. There’s more.
As it turns out, a sports betting site called Sun Bets was offering a prop bet with 8-1 odds that shaw would be seen eating a pie on the sideline during the game. And after the game, Shaw admitted both that he knew about the bet, and that he knew some of his mates had taken it.
Here’s his post-game discussion of the pie-eating incident as reported by The Guardian:
“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,’” he said. “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,” added Shaw.
Asked if he knew anyone had backed the bet, 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.”
According to FA rules, 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.” They furthermore state that players are not allowed to give “any information relating to football” which has been “obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game.”
Both the UK’s Gambling Commission and the FA were quick to announce an investigation of Shaw’s pie-eating antics. As a result, Sutton United asked for and received his resignation first thing Tuesday morning.
So yeah, like I said, you just never know what will happen when an English soccer powerhouse takes on a fifth-tier minnow.
And by the way, Arsenal defeated Sutton United 2-0, in case you were wondering.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]