Television footage clearly shows the Paraguay international spitting at the Wolves man, in another blow for the game in the United Kingdom.
Referee Lee Probert missed the incident in the dying minutes of the Molineux club’s victory, and the centre back is expected to receive a three match ban according to The Guardian.
Wolves captain Stearman confirmed that the act did happen, but was reluctant to discuss it in detail.
“Yes, but I’m not going to speak about it. A couple of the lads have spoken on it and said it was out of order and it needs to be stamped out. I’ll let other people talk about it and let other people deal with it,” he stated.
“I won’t push for anything [like an official review], it’s one of those things. It’s not nice.”
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy agreed with Stearman that spitting is not acceptable, but admits he has not yet seen the footage.
“I haven’t seen that [incident] but spitting is taboo. I only ever had it once and it’s fair to say he [the perpetrator] didn’t come too close to me for a long time after that.
“That’s unacceptable behaviour and I think anyone in here [the press room] would react accordingly. If that’s what’s happened, he shouldn’t be doing it,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight