Belfast Telegraph

Sutton boss will show the door to anyone involved in 'piegate' row

By Mark Mann-Bryans

Sutton manager Paul Doswell has warned that his staff face following Wayne Shaw out of the club if they placed bets on the reserve goalkeeper eating a pie during their FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Arsenal on Monday.

Shaw handed in his resignation yesterday as he prompted a betting probe after he was shown on television tucking into the snack towards the end of the 2-0 loss - before admitting he was aware that a bookmaker was offering odds on him to do so.

Both the Football Association and Gambling Commission announced independent investigations into the stunt, which Doswell condemned as "taking the gloss" off his side's performance against a strong Gunners line-up.

After confirming Shaw's departure, Doswell offered a stark warning to anyone else at Sutton who could have been embroiled in a potential breach of the FA's gambling regulations.

"Unfortunately he didn't really leave the board with any alternative on this one," he said.

"The mere fact that we have all been implicated as such, we are all being looked at as to whether we had a bet.

"If any of our players, any of our staff have bet on that they will also suffer the same consequence."

Doswell announced Shaw's departure and revealed the 46-year-old had been left in tears following the fallout.

"Wayne has offered his resignation to the chairman this afternoon and that has been accepted. It's a very sad end to what was a very good story," he added

"He's absolutely devastated - tears down the phone this afternoon. There's no joy and nothing good coming out of this particularly situation for him.

"I'd have advised him very, very differently.

"Unfortunately, he chose not to speak to myself or the chairman or anyone about what was happening and he's put himself in a very invidious position."

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