It’s seven months since Wayne Shaw attracted nationwide attention after eating a pie during Sutton United’s defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup.
It led to an investigation into the 45-year-old, who was alleged to have influenced a football betting market. Shaw would end up resigning from Sutton as the media storm caused him to suffer from depression.
“My world fell in," the goalkeeper said, per the Evening Standard. “I was in tears. I had never been sacked in my life.
“It's on my mind every day, it probably will be for a long time.
“I haven't made any money and my friends haven't made any money.
“I probably got carried away, after a whole career of having the mickey taken out of me. That was all it was meant to be.”
Piers Morgan offered to pay Shaw's fine
Shaw was found guilty of breaching FA betting rules an an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday. He was fined £375 and has also been banned for two months.
Many rushed to Shaw’s support, believing the punishment didn’t fit the crime, including Piers Morgan.
Morgan, an Arsenal fan, went so far as to offer to pay Shaw’s fine.
“How ridiculous,” Morgan wrote on Twitter. “I will pay your fine @wayneshaw70.”
Shaw responded with: “Thank you for the kind offer Piers. Hope it’s not Pie in the Sky.😂😂”.
The pair continued to exchange tweets, with Morgan explaining why he is willing to pay the £375 fine.
“I refuse to let you pay the price for football losing its sense of humour,” he added.
Shaw was found guilty at a hearing on Wednesday.
“Wayne Shaw has been fined £375 and immediately suspended from all football and all football-related activity for two months after he was charged in relation to a breach of FA Rules," read an FA statement.
“It was alleged the former Sutton United goalkeeper intentionally influenced a football betting market during the FA Cup Fifth Round tie against Arsenal on Monday, February 20, 2017, contrary to FA Rule E5(a).
“The charge, which he denied, was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.”
Hopefully, the goalkeeper can now put this sorry saga behind him.