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‘Piegate’ a nightmare says Sutton boss Doswell after Shaw’s resignation

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Wayne Shaw has stated that he didn’t place a bet himself

Sutton United’s FA Cup fairytale turned into a “nightmare” with the resignation of ‘piegate’ keeper Wayne Shaw on Tuesday, says manager Paul Doswell.

Shaw was seen to eat a pie on the bench during Monday’s FA Cup loss to Arsenal, after a bookmaker offered odds of 8-1 that he would do so on camera.

The Gambling Commission and Football Association are investigating if there was a breach of betting regulations.

“He’s made a bad error of judgement,” Doswell told BBC Radio 5 live.

Shaw, 45, resigned from the National League side less than 24 hours after the cup tie.

“I spoke to him on the phone and he was crying. In the end we had to almost stop talking to each other because it was that type of conversation,” added Doswell.

Sutton substitute keeper enjoys in-game pie

“We are going to be investigated, and it has turned into a bit of a nightmare.”

The bookmaker involved tweeted that it had paid out a “five-figure sum” on the bet.

Shaw, who first joined Sutton in 2009, said he had been aware of the betting promotion before the match but insisted the incident in which he ate the pie – which he later insisted was a pasty – was “a bit of fun”.

BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker claimed the incident