Mark Hughes defends Ryan Shawcross after 'grappling' incident

Mark Hughes Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has leapt to the defence of his captain after a penalty was awarded against him in the win over Swansea City two weeks ago.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has said that his captain Ryan Shawcross has been portrayed unfairly after a penalty was awarded against him by Michael Oliver in the 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Britannia Stadium two weeks ago, when Shawcross was penalised for fouling Wilfried Bony off the ball from a set-piece.

The decision has caused a debate surrounding 'grappling' in the penalty area, with the Premier League managers being asked questions surrounding the issue at press conferences this week.

Hughes told his pre-match press briefing ahead of the game against West Ham United this weekend: "We are speaking to people, who we feel have influence, about how strongly we feel about Ryan's situation.

"We are not going to stand for it and we have made that perfectly clear.

"I'm sure Ryan will be fine though. He has been portrayed wrongly in the media."

The Potters face West Ham United this weekend with Peter Crouch and Phil Bardsley both suspended. Geoff Cameron is expected to replace Bardsley, whilst Victor Moses is said to be available after a hamstring problem.

Hughes also took issue with the FA's lack of action against Swansea boss Garry Monk, who accused Moses of cheating when the two sides met after he went down under a challenge that led to the Potters getting a penalty.

The Welshman said: "Maybe 'cheat' can be said by anyone in the game then. Garry Monk's comments may set a precedent following the FA's decision not to charge him."

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