Jermain Defoe accused of diving by Stoke defender Geoff Cameron

Jermain Defoe scores from the penalty spot at Stoke
Jermain Defoe scores from the penalty spot at Stoke
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Stoke defender Geoff Cameron has accused Jermain Defoe of diving to win the penalty that earned Sunderland a point at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

The Potters were leading 1-0 in injury time when Defoe tumbled under a challenge from Cameron and referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot.

Geoff Cameron brings down Defoe for the penalty

Geoff Cameron brings down Defoe for the penalty

The former England striker calmly converted the penalty to give the Black Cats a major boost in their fight against relegation.

Cameron said: “I’m disappointed with the decision at the end. I gave the referee the opportunity to make the call but, having a good look at the replay, I didn’t actually touch him.

“From a different angle, it’s kind of got him going down early and looking for it. But from the ref’s angle it looks like I kicked out.

“It was a spur of the moment thing, I didn’t want him to turn but I didn’t touch him. All of a sudden, he goes down. He’s a clever, veteran player, he knows what he’s doing. They got away with it.

“I know from a personal stand point that if I go through a guy I’ll hold my hand up. So, for me, it’s difficult to take.”

Defoe shrugged off Cameron’s comments, saying: “Well if there was no contact, I would have turned and scored.

“He’s going to say that. I don’t expect him to say, ‘Yeah, it was a foul’. The fact of the matter is that we got the penalty and I scored.”