By Sab Osuji:
Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has hit back at Swansea manager Garry Monk after his scathing ‘cheating’ claims against Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses.
Monk said Moses should be ‘ashamed of himself’ after his weak tumble under minimal pressure from Angel Rangel won a penalty in Stoke’s 2-1 win over Swansea on Sunday.
But Begovic has defended his team-mate, saying: ‘There were a couple of decisions earlier in the season when Victor was brought down in the box and we didn’t get anything, so sometimes these things turn in your favour. I’m not an expert on travelling at high speed and going into the box, but I don’t think it takes a lot to push someone off balance.
‘Maybe it was a little bit of a soft penalty but there was contact, some shirt pulling, and whenever you do that in the box you put yourself at risk of getting a decision against you.
‘I’m sure Swansea are angry but some of the reaction has been over the top.’
Monk had torn into Moses after the first-half incident allowed Stoke to equalise. He said after the game: ‘He should be ashamed of himself for diving like that.
‘I would not be able to go home to my family and show my face, for me it is a disgrace. He should be punished heavily for that. If my player had done that he would not play in the next game.’
Swansea are braced for an FA charge after Monk also slammed referee Michael Oliver for awarding the first-half penalty.
Monk said: ‘It was an absolutely disgusting decision from the referee.
‘He is supposed to be a professional referee at the highest level. He’s the only guy who thought it was a penalty.
Everyone in the stadium was amazed. How he can’t see it is a blatant dive is beyond me.’
Moses who missed Nigeria’s 2015 AFCON qualifiers against Sudan is expected to be invited for the team’s games against Congo and South Africa in November.