English Premiership

Monk: Penalty call 'a disgrace'

2014-10-20 09:09
Garry Monk (Supplied)
Garry Monk (Supplied)
Cape Town - Garry Monk has labelled referee Michael Oliver's penalty decision against Swansea City on Sunday "a disgrace" after his side went down 2-1 to Stoke City.

The Swans had gone ahead early on at the Britannia Stadium this weekend through a spot kick of their own, with Wilfried Bony dispatching from 12 yards after Ryan Shawcross had dragged him to ground at a corner.

Another penalty decision would soon follow, this time against the Welsh side and of a far more controversial nature as Victor Moses went down under the slightest pressure from Angel Rangel, with Charlie Adam then firing home from the spot.

Jon Walters eventually came off the bench to head home the winner for the Potters, leaving Monk furious with the early decision against his side.

When asked about the initial penalty call, Monk told Sky Sports: “It’s a penalty. I watched it back and Shawcross has hands all over Bony, twists him around and then pulls Bony to the ground. For me, that’s a penalty.

However, when quizzed about his feelings over the second decision, the manager fumed: “The penalty against, for me, is a disgrace. It’s a disgraceful decision. Not in a million years a penalty.

“The problem now is that a lot of times in a season there are match-changing decisions going against us. I don’t see anything being done about it.

“I’ve spoken to the referee about it, I’ve spoken to the association about it, and I don’t hear anything from Mike Riley coming back to me at all, which I find poor leadership.

“The whole thing is beginning to mount up now and is becoming a very worrying situation.”

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