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Monday 24 September 2018

Hughes: FA right to rescind Brown red

SENT OFF: Sunderland’s Wes Brown
SENT OFF: Sunderland’s Wes Brown

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has no argument with Wes Brown's red card at the Britannia Stadium being overturned – but disagrees with the suggestion the Potters influenced the original decision to send the Sunderland defender off.

Brown was dismissed in the first half of last Saturday's Premier League contest between the two teams, which the Black Cats lost 2-0, for a sliding challenge on Charlie Adam.

The Sunderland man, travelling at speed when he made the one-footed tackle, won the ball and replays suggested any contact between the two players had been minimal.

Referee Kevin Friend deemed it worthy of a straight red card, a decision the Wearsiders subsequently made an appeal against, which the Football Association on Tuesday announced had been successful.

In his post-match press conference, Hughes said he had thought Brown's was a "poor challenge", that the defender was "maybe a little bit out of control and a little bit reckless" and that he could understand why Friend – who has not been given a match for the next two rounds of Premier League games – made the call he did.

But asked yesterday if he had been surprised about the card being rescinded, the Welshman said: "No. I think it's the correct decision.

"At the time I was asked for my initial thoughts and I just gave an honest answer – I thought at the time, from my position where I was looking, that it was a little bit reckless and out of control and if you have that kind of situation, there is a danger the referee will interpret it as a red card.

DECISION

"That is the point I was making, but obviously, having seen the videos, it is the right decision."

Hughes was speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the league trip to Everton today.

Stoke go into the encounter on a high, with the Sunderland win being their first in nine top-flight games.

But today's contest looks a tough assignment for the 14th-placed Potters, given the Toffees, currently seventh, have lost only once in the Premier League this term.

Hughes has confirmed Robert Huth is set to be out of action for "a number of weeks" due to a knee injury, while forward Marko Arnautovic is sidelined as well having sustained a hamstring strain.

Defender Marc Wilson (hip), midfielder Stephen Ireland (shin) and striker Kenwyne Jones (shoulder) are all expected to be available.

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