Swansea defender Angel Rangel believes referee Robert Madley should be punished following his decision to give Stoke City a penalty in the final minute on Sunday, writes Sky
The Swans were leading 3-2 with seconds to spare after they had come from two goals down with a brace from Wilfried Bony and one from Nathan Dyer completing the comeback, but Madley awarded a penalty to the Potters for a handball against Wayne Routledge, and Charlie Adam converted to infuriate the majority of the Liberty Stadium.
Rangel, who looked frantic with the referee at the time of the decision, spoke out about the incident: “I am obviously disappointed by that decision but we can’t talk much about the referees,” he said.
“We are always the ones who get fined but hopefully in this case it won’t be the players who get punished but it will be the referee as we have done nothing wrong. When referees make mistakes they should be the ones to get punished,” Rangel added.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup also had his say, claiming he was certain that not one Stoke player appealed for the spot-kick. “In every game there are talking points over decisions, but when I saw it again, or even out there, there are seven Stoke players in the box and none were asking for a penalty, apart from Peter Crouch who was appealing for a corner.
“So there was only one man in the stadium who thought it was a penalty, and unfortunately that was the referee, Laudrup said.
The point lifted Stoke out of the relegation zone, whilst Swansea sit 13th in the Premier League table with 12 points. The Potters have 10 points on the board, and have failed to win in their previous five matches.
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