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Swansea defender calls for referee punishment after penalty decision

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Swansea City were denied three points and a famous comeback against Stoke City yesterday by a harsh penalty decision, with defender Angel Rangel calling for referee Robert Madley to be punished. 

In an exciting match that finished 3-3, Stoke were two up at half time thanks to Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ireland, only for a Nathan Dyer goal and a Wilfried Bony brace to turn the game round.

It looked all set to be a great comeback by the Welsh side until deep into injury time, when a corner saw a header cleared off the line by Wayne Routledge and with no protests from the Stoke players, referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot for an apparent hand ball. 

The decision looked extremely harsh and left the Swansea players furious, but Charlie Adam stepped up and converted from 12 yards to recover Stoke a point. 

Defender Angel Rangel was particularly upset by the decision, telling Sky Sports after the game that if players can be punished, then so should referees.

"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."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was also left frustrated by the decision, calling for Madley to come out and apologise. 

Robert Madley only became a Premier League referee this year, with his first top flight match in April seeing him hand out three red cards in a clash between Southampton and West Brom.

Added to that it was only the official's third time in charge of a Premier League match , leaving Swansea ruing the fact an inexperienced referee cost them a vital three points.  

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