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Sutton United’s Roly-Poly Pie-Eating Goalie Investigated by Gambling Commission

Sutton United’s inspirational ‘giant-killing’ run in English soccer’s prestigious FA Cup came to an end on Monday night when they crashed out in the Fifth Round to Arsenal, losing a respectable 0-2 to a team of multi-millionaires ranked 105 places above them.

Wayne Shaw eats a pie during the Fifth Round of the FA Cup against Arsenal on Monday. Why all the fuss? One overweight goalkeeper’s pie has come to represent the very integrity of the soccer itself. (Image: BBC)

For the semi-professional minnows, languishing near the bottom of the fifth tier, it’s a fairytale to tell their grandkids.

It would be a shame, then, if this fairytale was forever overshadowed by the image of a large man eating a pie.

Wayne Shaw is Sutton’s 300 pound reserve goalkeeper, a man of unusual girth for a soccer player, whose pie-eating antics have caused a storm of controversy and prompted a investigation by the UK Gambling Commission.

The Football Association is considering taking action against the goalkeeper, and on Wednesday, reacting to the criticism, Shaw swallowed some humble pie and announced he would quit.

But what harm is there in eating a pie, other than to your cholesterol levels, you may ask.

The plot thickens when we learn that SunBets, the betting arm of tabloid newspaper The Sun, was offering 8-1 against such an event occurring during the match.

Who Ate All the Pies?

But first, some cultural context for non-UK rea (mais…)