Swansea manager risks FA fine after he slams referee after the game
An incensed Swansea manager Garry Monk risked being sanctioned by the Football Association after he accused referee Michael Oliver of making a “disgusting decision” after his side lost 2-1 away to Stoke in the Premier League on Sunday (Oct 19).
Swansea were 1-0 up through a penalty of their own when, shortly before half-time, Oliver pointed to the spot at the other end of the Britannia Stadium after the Swans’ Angel Rangel made minimal contact with Victor Moses, who appeared to dive in the box.
Oliver signalled a penalty and Charlie Adam’s spot-kick beat the dive of Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Charlie Adam levelling the score for Stoke. Photo: Reuters
“He (Moses) should be punished for diving. It was a clear dive which is cheating. He has cheated the ref, and the ref has cheated us in terms of giving a decision that never was. It is a poor, poor decision and it has cost us at a vital time, coming up to halftime. We should have been coming in 1-0 up and its a different game plan for us then in the second half." - Swansea manager Garry Monk, when asked by Sky Sports after the game if he blamed the referee or the player
Monk’s comment seems certain to land him in disciplinary trouble but the unrepentant boss added: “What have I said wrong? I haven’t said anything wrong, I haven’t called anyone names, it’s not slanderous.”
Unsurprisingly, Stoke manager Mark Hughes took a different view.
“With Victor Moses’s pace in the box, Angel Rangel has come across him and impeded him in my view,” said the former Manchester United and Wales striker.
“It doesn’t take too much at that pace. I actually heard him (Monk) say my player is a cheat, which is unacceptable in my view. - Stoke manager Mark Hughes
“Obviously he is upset, and we have to come in here and speak 20 minutes after the game but sometimes you just have to bite your tongue, maybe that will come with experience.”
Hughes was referring to the fact that 35-years-old, Garry Monk is the English Premier League's youngest manager, he took charge of Swansea after Michael Laudrup was sacked in February 2014
Victory saw Stoke climb to 10th place in the table, level on points with Manchester United, Arsenal, Swansea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Oliver first pointed to the spot after Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross grappled Wilfried Bony to the ground as the pair waited for a Swansea corner to come in.
Shawcross was booked while the decision was met with disbelieving jeers from Stoke fans who, in common with many English football-watchers, had grown used to seeing such incidents go unpunished.
The score was then levelled after Oliver made the controversial penalty call.
Stoke later went on to win thanks to Jonathan Walters’s 76th-minute header.
Source: Reuters, AFP, The Guardian