Garry Monk: Swansea boss stands by Victor Moses comments

Stoke winger Victor Moses was awarded a penalty after this challenge by Swansea defender Angel Rangel
Stoke winger Victor Moses was awarded a penalty after being fouled by Swansea defender Angel Rangel

Swansea boss Garry Monk says he "stands by" his accusation that Stoke's Victor Moses cheated in winning a penalty during Swansea's 2-1 Premier League loss last weekend.

The Football Association has written to Monk to "seek his observations" following his comments.

They are yet to decide whether to take disciplinary action against him.

"I'm very passionate about this club and, when I feel there's injustice, it's my job to stand up," said Monk.

The Swans manager has until 27 October to reply to the FA.

Garry Monk, Swansea manager
"The way Tony Pulis handled the Jerome Thomas incident down here last season [the then Crystal Palace manager fined his Thomas for diving in a game at Swansea) is how I would have handled it myself. Mark Hughes chose not to handle it that way and that is his prerogative."

After Saturday's match, Monk also criticised referee Michael Oliver, alleging he made a "disgusting decision" in awarding the spot-kick.

"I spoke about how I felt at the time. It was plain for everyone to see," Monk added.

"Everyone had their judgements but, for me, it was very clear."

Furious Garry Monk says Victor Moses cheated

Monk also said he would like to see the FA take action against players who are deemed to have dived.

"I would love to see retrospective discipline in these situations," he said.

"The player should be fined and they should be banned. It's something we need to seriously consider."

Stoke's Welsh boss Mark Hughes described Monk's post-match comments as "unacceptable".

Garry Monk, Swansea manager
"I have had phone calls from people in football who I did not even know who were very much on my side and telling me well done for sticking up for my team."

But former Wales striker John Hartson, speaking on the BBC's Match of the Day 2 programme, said he had some sympathy for Monk.

"That for me is a terrible dive and a total lack of professionalism from Moses and the referee has bought that. Garry Monk has a right to be angry," Hartson said.

Monk also said he had previously sent a list of what he considered to be bad decisions to Mike Riley, general manager of referees' organisation Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL),external-link but had not had a response.

PGMOL said on Monday it had only just received Monk's list and that Riley would be in touch.

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