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Thursday 17 August 2017

Rangel blasts Potters penalty decision as 'unfair'

Swansea defender Angel Rangel needed no replay to be certain his challenge on Victor Moses in Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke did not warrant a penalty.

Referee Michael Oliver controversially awarded the 43rd-minute spot-kick from which Charlie Adam drew the Premier League contest level after Moses went down in the visitors' area as Rangel made minimal-looking contact with him.

Oliver's decision left Rangel visibly stunned at the time, and also prompted an angry post-match tirade from Swans boss Garry Monk against both the official and Moses which could land the manager in trouble with the English Football Association.

Giving his own reflection on the incident, Rangel said: "Sometimes you say 'I have to watch it again to see how it went', but I knew it wasn't a penalty.

"It was clear the contact was minimal. It was very unfair. All the boys and the manager have said they watched it again and there wasn't really contact - they said he was diving even before I committed."

The 31-year-old Spanish full-back added: "Football is a game of mistakes from all the players and the referees, and I think he (Oliver) made a mistake."

As well as branding Oliver's decision "disgraceful" and "disgusting", saying "he (Moses) has cheated the ref and then the ref's cheated us" and calling for the winger to be punished for a "blatant dive", Monk also had strong words for referees' chief Mike Riley.

Monk said he had had no response from Riley to a letter he sent him expressing concerns about decisions made in Swansea games this season, and accused him of "poor leadership".

Swans captain Ashley Williams admits he has been "baffled" by some of those decisions, and had no doubt the Moses incident had been called wrong by Oliver - although he also stressed that the Northumberland official is one of his "favourites".

Oliver gave that penalty nine minutes after awarding one at the other end when Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross grappled in the home box at a corner with Wilfried Bony, who hit the turf and then slotted in the resulting spot-kick.

Asked if he thought there had been a feeling Oliver would, having given that one, then award Stoke a penalty, Wales defender Williams said: "He gets a lot of stuff bang on. But I thought he got a lot wrong."

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