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Coates labels Hartson "a disgrace" over Moses comments

Coates (right) was angered by Hartson's comments. Credit: PA

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has labelled BBC pundit John Hartson "a disgrace" for comment he made about Victor Moses after the forward won a contentious penalty for the Potters against Swansea.

Hartson said: "That for me is a terrible dive and a total lack of professionalism from Moses. I think Garry Monk has a right to be angry. He (Moses) has cheated.

"It's one thing the FA coming out and charging Garry Monk - what about charging Victor Moses for diving?

"I would (charge Moses) because you can't dive. That is a blatant dive."

Coates responded on Monday by describing Hartson as a "disgrace."

I've never heard a more one-sided view from a pundit and we are right to complain about it.

Hartson was a disgrace. He's a big fan of Swansea and their manager... and it showed.

Whether Garry Monk likes it or not, it was given. It probably was soft, but we've had our fair share of things go against us in the past.

– Stoek chairman Peter Coates

What is all the fuss about if a player takes a dive anywhere on the pitch and wins a penalty or free kick then that is cheating!! Correct?


I have nothing against Stoke, certainly Nothing against Mark Hughes or Victor Moses I am simply making a comment on an incompetent decision.

Butland set for Derby loan

Butland is off to Derby. Credit: PA

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is set to join Derby on loan, Press Association Sport understands.

Rams head coach Steve McClaren has made a move for the England Under-21 international following an injury to first-choice keeper Lee Grant at the weekend.

The deal is expected to be finalised later on Monday, with Butland set to make his debut for Derby in their Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.


Teams: Stoke v Swansea


#scfc Starting XI vs Swansea City: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Adam, Diouf, Ireland, Moses; Crouch.


#SWANS starting XI v @stokecity: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Carroll, Ki, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Routledge, Bony.

Man Utd consider re-signing Ryan Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross playing for Man Utd in a pre-season friendly in 2007. Credit: PA

Manchester United are giving serious thought to bringing former defender Ryan Shawcross back to Old Trafford.

The Stoke City skipper started his senior playing career at United in 2006 but didn't quite make the grade and left for Stoke a couple of seasons later.

But with little sign of United's defensive troubles easing, they may try to buy their old boy back. So says the Daily Star.

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