Stoke City Chairman defends Victor Moses over diving allegations

Victor Moses

The Stoke City chairman, Peter Coates, has jumped to the defence of Nigerian winger, Victor Moses who has been a subject of attack over a diving allegation in his side’s English Premier League game against Swansea City over the weekend.

The Stoke Chairman frowned at comments made by BBC pundit, John Hartson who was full of criticisms for Moses.

Hartson said Moses “cheated” to win a penalty in Stoke’s 2-1 win over Swansea on Sunday.

“He (Hartson) spoke like what he probably is – a Swansea fan,” Coates told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He is calling him a cheat and said he never touched him. Well, he did touch him. The evidence is there.”

Also enraged, Swansea City coach, Garry Monk, said Moses should be “ashamed of himself” having made meal of the feeble challenge from defender Angel Rangel.

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But Stoke assistant, Mark Bowen, says Monk’s comments were “out of order”.

“We’re very angry about our player being called a cheat,” added Coates. “His shirt was pulled and there may have been minimal contact but he was travelling at speed and he went down.

“I didn’t think John Hartson’s comments were balanced in any way, shape or form.

“I accept Alan Shearer did make a good counter point but he (Hartson) was so completely over the top, for us, that was completely unacceptable.”

As the arguments rage on over Moses, the Nigerian will have to watch his actions as he is bound to be under the spotlights of referees in the days ahead.

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