Wayne Shaw has spoken for the first time about the pie-eating storm that has forced him to resign from his role with non-league Sutton United.
Shaw resigned in tears from his role at Sutton on Tuesday after eating a pie during the latter stages of Sutton’s FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Arsenal on Monday.
The incident is being probed, however, amid claims the stunt – which was priced up at 8/1 before hand, contravened betting regulations, while the incident has provoked outcry from both within and outside the game.
But in an interview with The Sun, Shaw has explained that the whole thing was just “banter”.
“There was no financial gain for myself or anyone I know, friends or family,” he said.
“It was taken out of context, and it happened in the moment of the game.
“All the international stars there, it was overwhelming. I wasn’t paid to do it, I didn’t tell anyone I was going to do it.
“The Arsenal fans were constantly singing about me, and shouting ‘Who ate all the pies?’
“There was a lot of banter, and I thought I could have a bit of fun here. I took a big bite and waved it in the air towards them, but it was all in good spirit.
“It wasn’t done for personal gain. Just something to remember, and it certainly is that now.”
Shaw then blamed poor Alexis Sanchez for the ordeal.
“On reflection, I’ve apologised,” he said. “It didn’t look good or professional, but what has been done has been done. It got too much for me — the events of the day. Alexis Sanchez and their keeper, David Ospina, came up to me, and I just got carried away.”
The 45-year-old admitted: “In more ways than one I do regret it.
“But only because the joke was taken out of context. I just wanted to have a bit of fun with the supporters who pay their money and like to see a character like me.
“At Sutton the fans can mingle with the players at the bar, but you saw with Arsenal, there is all the security, you can’t get near them and they are put on a pedestal. It’s been blown out of proportion really.”