Sutton United’s Roly-Poly Pie-Eating Goalie Investigated by Gambling Commission

Sutton United’s Roly-Poly Pie-Eating Goalie Investigated by Gambling Commission

Sutton United’s inspirational ‘giant-killing’ run in English soccer’s prestigious FA Cup came to an end on Monday night when they crashed out in the Fifth Round to Arsenal, losing a respectable 0-2 to a team of multi-millionaires ranked 105 places above them.

Wayne Shaw eats a pie during the Fifth Round of the FA Cup against Arsenal on Monday. Why all the fuss? One overweight goalkeeper’s pie has come to represent the very integrity of the soccer itself. (Image: BBC)

For the semi-professional minnows, languishing near the bottom of the fifth tier, it’s a fairytale to tell their grandkids.

It would be a shame, then, if this fairytale was forever overshadowed by the image of a large man eating a pie.

Wayne Shaw is Sutton’s 300 pound reserve goalkeeper, a man of unusual girth for a soccer player, whose pie-eating antics have caused a storm of controversy and prompted a investigation by the UK Gambling Commission.

The Football Association is considering taking action against the goalkeeper, and on Wednesday, reacting to the criticism, Shaw swallowed some humble pie and announced he would quit.

But what harm is there in eating a pie, other than to your cholesterol levels, you may ask.

The plot thickens when we learn that SunBets, the betting arm of tabloid newspaper The Sun, was offering 8-1 against such an event occurring during the match.

Who Ate All the Pies?

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Minnesota Charitable Games Charitable to State Coffers, Not Actual Nonprofits

Minnesota Charitable Games Charitable to State Coffers, Not Actual Nonprofits

Minnesota charitable games are used by roughly 1,200 nonprofits across the Gopher State as a way to grow revenue for the missions of their respective organizations.

But the latest fiscal report on the legalized gambling sector shows that state tax coffers are getting rich, while the actual groups themselves are barely pulling in more money than they deliver to St. Paul.

The Irving Community Club supports youth programs, but their website makes no secret about how they raise money. A Minnesota charitable games bill seeks to help lessen the organization’s tax burden.

The Star Tribune, the largest circulated newspaper in Minnesota, published a story this week showing that nonprofits paid $60.6 million in state taxes last year, while spending $62 million on their charitable work. And while overall the nonprofits engaged in charitable games still came out on top, that wasn’t the case for some groups.

For example, the Irving Community Association was on the hook for $733,000 in state taxes i n2016. But the 501(c)(3) group that supports youth organizations around the Duluth area spent just $306,000 on actual mission programs.

Tax rates vary depending on an organization’s total gambling revenue and which games they offer. Groups pay between 8.5 and 36 percent of their gross receipts on games like pull-tabs and electronic bingo to the state.

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