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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Wes Brown 'red' overturned

Wes Brown was wrongfully sent off against Manchester United on Saturday
Wes Brown was wrongfully sent off against Manchester United on Saturday

Sunderland have succeeded in overturning the red card shown to defender Wes Brown against Manchester United on Saturday.

Brown was dismissed by referee Roger East for what the official felt was a foul on United striker Radamel Falcao in the area, although it appeared on replays that John O'Shea had been the man to impede the Colombian.

Referees' body the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) released a statement after the match insisting it was not a case of mistaken identity and that East did in fact mean to send Brown off.

East believed he saw contact from O'Shea and Brown on Falcao and sent off the latter as, in his view, Brown's foul had been the crucial one, the statement said.

However, an independent regulatory commission convened by the English FA cleared Brown of any wrongdoing and he is free from suspension.

A statement posted on the English FA's official website read: "An Independent Regulatory Commission has today upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Wes Brown.

"The Sunderland defender was dismissed in the game against Manchester United on Saturday 28 February 2015 for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

"Therefore, his one-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect."

Speaking about the decision at his pre-Hull press conference, Poyet said: "It just been rescinded, and it's very important for me and for English football, the way everything has been dealt with, the effort from the club and the way we did it, the honesty of the referee and the Referees' Association.

"The rules, everybody has followed at the FA, so honesty has been at the top of this situation, which is great. It's great for football, so I am very pleased.

"The honesty of the referee, the honesty of the Referees' Association and the FA and the Premier League - in other situations, it would be a little bit awkward because when it's a mistaken identity, you have got two players involved, one who has done something and the other one who has been sent off.

"But like I said, it's good. It's the way I like. One of the best things in life - and football is part of our life - is to live by the rules and be honest."

Hull boss Steve Bruce admitted: "It is a pivotal game. Our better goal difference would mean it is the equivalent of five points and would give us a good cushion above the bottom three."

Hull will need to add some firepower after failing to manage a shot on target against Stoke, but should have Nikica Jelavic back after he missed the last match witha flare-up of his nagging knee problem.

"We were disappointed with the whole team going forward against Stoke," added Bruce. "I don't think we were adventurous enough."

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