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Wes Brown's red card appeal upheld
02 Mar 2015 15:03
Sunderland's appeal against the red card shown to Wes Brown against Man Utd on Saturday has been upheld, the English FA has announced.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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However, an independent regulatory commission convened by the FA cleared Brown of any wrongdoing and he is free from suspension.
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A statement posted on the FA's official website read: "An Independent Regulatory Commission has today upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Wes Brown.
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"The Sunderland defender was dismissed in the game against Manchester United on Saturday 28 February 2015 for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
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"Therefore, his one-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect."
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