Graham Poll calls for Victor Moses to be banned for diving

Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has called for Stoke City's Victor Moses to be banned for diving.

Graham Poll has suggested that Stoke City's Victor Moses should be given a retrospective ban for simulation against Swansea City.

Moses appeared to dive in the box under little pressure to win a penalty for his side against the Swans in Sunday's Premier League clash.

It was an important action, which gave the Potters a route back into the match, which they eventually went on to win 2-1, but Poll believes the Nigerian should be banned from playing again for Stoke's upcoming games.

"[Michael] Oliver [the referee] suffered a momentary lapse and got it completely wrong in the first half when he awarded a penalty for what was clearly a dive by Stoke forward Victor Moses," he wrote in the Daily Mail.

"Although Swansea defender Angel Rangel was running alongside Moses as he ran into the area there was little or no contact. In cases like this it should be possible for retrospective action to be taken against Moses for blatant simulation."

Stoke have moved up into the top half of the table with their victory, but penalty decisions have dominated the headlines since the match.

Swansea were also awarded a controversial spot-kick in the first-half when Ryan Shawcross grabbed hold of Wilfried Bony's shirt in the penalty box.

It was a decision which Potters boss Mark Hughes lamented after the match, but Poll believes that Oliver was correct to award it.

"Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross wrestling striker Wilfried Bony to the floor was a stonewall penalty and referee Michael Oliver should be congratulated on having the courage to give it," he wrote. 

"Too often these days defenders get away with this sort of grappling, particularly at corners and free kicks. He booked Shawcross as well and it’s good to see a referee acting firmly in an attempt to put a stop to this type of desperate defending."

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