Swansea's Garry Monk criticizes Stoke's Victor Moses for 'cheating'

Monday October 20th, 2014

Swansea City manager Garry Monk was highly critical of Stoke City winger Victor Moses for the penalty Moses received in the teams' match on Sunday.

Monk said Moses "should be done for diving, for cheating" as a result of his play, according to the BBC.

With Swansea leading 1-0, Moses went down in the box after what appeared to be minimal contact with Swansea defender Angel Rangel. He received a penalty, which Charlie Adam converted to tie the game. Stoke City later won on substitute Jonathan Walters's header in the 76th minute.

Monk said Moses "should be ashamed of himself" for his actions. He criticized the officials as well.

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"It was an absolute disgusting decision from the referee," said Monk. "He is supposed to be a professional referee at the highest level. He's the only guy who thought it was a penalty. Everyone in the stadium was amazed.

"How he can't see it is a blatant dive is beyond me."

"I would not be able to go home to my family and show my face, for me it is a disgrace. He should be punished heavily for that. If my player had done that he would not play in the next game."

The Swansea boss sent a letter to the Premier League referees' governing body detailing multiple grievances against officials.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes took exception to Monk's comments.

"I actually heard him say that my player was a cheat which is unacceptable in my view.

"He's obviously upset. We have to come in here 20 minutes after the game to speak about what's gone on and sometimes you just have to bite your tongue and maybe that will come from experience."

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Hughes himself was upset at a penalty awarded to Swansea that led to the team's lone goal.

Monk, 35, is in his first full season as manager after taking over as interim player-manager late last season. Swansea and Stoke are currently among five teams tied for sixth in the Premier League with 11 points in eight matches.

Ben Estes

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