English soccer player banned for FA Cup pie-eating bet stunt

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This is Feb. 20, 2017 file photo shows Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, standing right, during the FA cup match against Arsenal in Sutton, England. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
This is Feb. 20, 2017 file photo shows Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, standing right, during the FA cup match against Arsenal in Sutton, England. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

London (AP) — The English Football Association has banned a player for influencing a betting market when he ate a meat pie during his team’s landmark FA Cup game against Arsenal.

A newspaper’s betting company, which sponsored Sutton United, had 8-1 odds that Sutton’s overweight reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw would eat a pie during February’s globally-televised game at the south London club.

After Sutton used all of their substitutions and there was no chance Shaw would appear in the 2-0 loss to Arsenal, he munched on the pie while sitting on the bench.

The FA case ended at a hearing Wednesday when Shaw was fined 375 pounds ($490) and banned from soccer for two months after he was found guilty of having “intentionally influenced a football betting market.”

Shaw quit Sutton after the game.