After Arsenal loss, Sutton United’s second goalkeeper resigns

| 21st Feb 2017

After Arsenal loss, Sutton United’s second goalkeeper resigns

Sutton United is most famous for its FA Cup “giant killing” exploits, most notably in the 1988–89 season, when they defeated Coventry City 2–1 in the 3rd Round. The Coventry team was composed mostly of star international players and had won the competition in 1987. Same feat could not be repeated on Monday when the club hosted Arsenal in an FA Cup fixture. The Yellows lost 0 – 2 to Arsenal in a game that will not be easily forgotten in the club’s history.

Sutton boss Paul Doswell had praised his team saying they played well but stories about their hard work could not fill the papers because they had to make some space available for some ugly off-field incidences.

The club’s reserve goalkeeper was caught eating pie during the FA Cup tie after a betting sponsor Sun Bets had offered odds of 8-1 for him to eat pie live on air.

Although he claimed he knew nothing about the bet, Sutton United has asked Wayne Shaw to hand in his resignation and he has agreed.

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.”

“Integrity in sport is not a joke and we have opened an investigation to establish exactly what happened,” said Richard Watson, Gambling Commission enforcement and intelligence director.

“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,” he added.

Sutton Manager Doswell, who said he woke up to news about Shaw’s misdemeanour said: “It’s been very disappointing. I woke up this morning to this storm and criticism. It’s something we’ve dealt with quickly as a club”.

“Wayne has offered his resignation to the chairman this afternoon and that’s been accepted. It’s a very sad end to what was a very, very good story.”