Garry Monk says he felt patronised by Mark Hughes following diving row after Swansea defeat at Stoke City

Swansea manager was furious at perceived cheating

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Garry Monk has admitted to feeling patronised by some of the comments aimed at him as the fall-out from Swansea's controversial defeat at Stoke last weekend shows no sign of ending.

The Football Association contacted Monk on Thursday to "seek his observations" after the Swansea manager claimed Victor Moses cheated by diving to win a penalty for the Stoke equaliser and criticised referee Michael Oliver for making a "disgusting decision" to award the spot-kick.

Monk has until October 27 to reply but says he is happy to provide the FA with his observations and insists he will stand by the comments he made following the 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes described Monk's post-match comments as "unacceptable" and on Thursday echoed the sentiments of his chairman Peter Coates by welcoming the FA's decision to investigate what he saw as an unnecessary attack on his player.

But Monk, speaking after being contacted by the FA and ahead of Saturday's league game with Leicester, said he would continue to stand up for himself.

Asked if he found such comments patronising, the 35-year-old Monk said: "Of course they are, but they are going to be. "It (inexperience) will always be thrown at me until - hopefully - I do 10 years in this job.

"It doesn't bother me and it is not my concern what Mark Hughes does or says about me or anything else. I just worry about myself and my team.

"The way Tony Pulis handled the Jerome Thomas incident down here last season (the then Crystal Palace manager fined his player for diving in a game at Swansea) is how I would have handled it myself.

"Mark Hughes chose not to handle it that way and that is his prerogative. It is up to other people to decide if that is the right way to do it, but I have my own views on it.

"Standing up for yourself and being honest is a trait I have, if that disagrees with some people, then so be it.

"But I am sure the majority, as you have seen this week, have been happy with what I have said.

"I have had phone calls from people in football who I did not even know who were very much on my side and telling me well done for sticking up for my team.

"I am sure I have more people on my side than not."

Former Stoke manager Pulis and BBC pundit John Hartson were among those who voiced their support after Monk said Moses should be "ashamed of himself" after falling theatrically to win a penalty.

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