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After pie-gate fallout, Sutton forced into playing right-back in goal

The goalkeeper resigned following a well-documented betting stunt earlier this week.

Wayne Shaw resigned from Sutton following his pie-eating antics.
Wayne Shaw resigned from Sutton following his pie-eating antics.

IT’S BEEN A difficult week for Sutton United.

The non-league club’s reserve goalkeeper, Wayne Shaw, was forced to resign during the week, after his pie-eating antics in Monday’s FA Cup tie with Arsenal led to a gambling investigation.

And Shaw’s absence was keenly felt during their National League game against Torquay today.

With first-choice goalkeeper Ross Worner forced off after 15 minutes through injury, defender Simon Downer had to go in goal with no back-up stopper available.

And while 45-year-old Shaw’s football career now appears to be over, the 23-stone goalkeeper has at least one other job offer on the table, amid news that he has been approached by supermarket chain Morrisons with a view to him signing a one-year deal as their official Pie Tester.

Morrisons’ Chief Pie Buyer Tessa Callaghan said: “We’re always looking for the best talent to taste our pies and make sure they hit the back of the net.

Wayne’s performance last night sets him apart as one of the country’s most famous pie connoisseurs.

“We were really impressed by his commitment to pie eating, and we understand that a good pie is the best way to warm up for any occasion, even if it is the biggest night of your football career.”

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