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Poyet slams ref over Brown red card
28 Feb 2015 20:08
Gus Poyet hit out at the standard of refereeing in England after he was left baffled by Roger East's decision to dismiss Wes Brown in Sunderland's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.
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Sunderland were on course for a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford before Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot in the 66th minute.
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East awarded the penalty after Radamel Falcao went down in the box.
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Replays showed John O'Shea had pulled the Colombian back and Brown swept around the side of the striker as he fell to the floor.
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But, to the astonishment of Poyet and the Sunderland players, referee East showed a red card to Brown, rather than O'Shea.
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In a statement released via the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), East insisted it was not a case of mistaken identity and he did in fact mean to send Brown off as he believed the former United right-back committed a foul on Falcao.
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But Poyet was puzzled by the decision.
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"He (East) told the players there were two fouls. One committed by John O'Shea and one committed by Wes Brown," the Sunderland boss said.
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