The mayor of Sutton has said the controversy resulting from reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw eating a pie for a bet during an FA Cup football match overshadows the achievements of Sutton United.
Shaw, the reserve goalkeeper for Sutton, was caught on camera eating a pie during the team's fifth round match against Arsenal on Monday.
An investigation into whether betting rules were breached was opened after Shaw admitted to knowing a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against the 23-stone 'keeper doing just that.
The player, who also acts as Sutton's goalkeeping coach, has been forced to resign in response to the controversy, and Richard Clifton, the mayor of Sutton, defended him but admitted that the incident has unfortunately distracted attention from the club's achievements in reaching the latter stages of the FA Cup as a non-league club.
"I feel the tragedy is it has overshadowed the fantastic achievement of Sutton," he told Paul Ross. "For my part, I want to hold onto that feeling, and it's a great pity that this has happened.
"People talk about this as a sporting scandal, but this had nothing to do with the football match.
"This wasn't affecting the outcome of the game, and in effect, this was something that happened in the crowd."