Issuing a corporate communication, The English Football Association (FA) has charged former Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw on two breaches of its rules relating to betting and player misconduct.
Following a review of the 20 February’s Emirates FA Cup fifth round tie between Sutton United and Arsenal FC at Sutton’s Gander Green Lane. The FA has charged Shaw with ‘influencing a football betting market’ contrary to FA Rule E5(a).
The FA further states that Shaw had acted ‘in a manner which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute’, contrary to FA Rule E3(1)
The cup tie, which was broadcast by the BBC had been sponsored by UK bookmaker Sun Bets. Before the match, Sun Bets had offered an 8/1 price on ‘Wayne Shaw to eat a pie live on air’. In the 86th minute of the game, Shaw obliged – being filmed eating a match pie on the sidelines.
The UKGC flagged Shaw’s conduct, stating that the player had breached FA rules relating to betting. At the time the goalkeeper defended his actions, stating that his pie eating antics had been ‘a bit of banter’.
The incident would reach national headlines, branded ‘Pie Gate’ by UK media. As a consequence of his actions Wayne Shaw would lose his job at Sutton United being forced to resign by club management.
Shaw would admit that he was aware that Sun Bets were offering 8/1 odds on him eating a pie, but that no one connected to the club or his family knew of his intended actions.
The FA has given Shaw until 6 pm on Friday 21 July 2017 to respond to both charges.