Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates said he was upset with the way Victor Moses was criticized by BBC commentator John Hartson for allegedly taking a dive against Swansea City on Sunday.

Hartson said Moses "cheated" when he went to the ground to earn a penalty. Coates said on BBC radio that Hartson's comments were "unacceptable." 

Hartson "spoke like what he probably is — a Swansea fan," Coates said. Hartson, a former Premier League striker with five clubs, was born in Swansea. 

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"He is calling him a cheat and said he never touched him," Coates continued. "Well, he did touch him. The evidence is there."

"I didn't think John Hartson's comments were balanced in any way, shape or form," Coates added.

Hartson is not the only one saying Moses dove against Swansea. Swansea manager Garry Monk said Moses "should be ashamed of himself" for what he called a "blatant dive."

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