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John O'Shea calls for re-think over Wes Brown red card

Updated: Monday, 25 Nov 2013 14:40 | Comments

Sunderland captain John O'Shea, club have appealed Wes Brown's red card
Sunderland captain John O'Shea, club have appealed Wes Brown's red card

Sunderland captain John O'Shea feels "common sense" will have been shown if Wes Brown's red card against Stoke is overturned by the English Football Association.

The Black Cats announced today they will appeal against Wes Brown's red card after the defender was sent off against Stoke at the weekend.

Defender Brown was controversially dismissed in the 36th minute of his team's 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday after making a sliding challenge on Charlie Adam.

Brown, travelling at considerable speed, won the ball with the tackle and replays suggested any contact between the two players had been minimal.

Referee Kevin Friend's decision that it was worthy of a red card left Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, whose team are bottom of the league, livid.

And giving his thoughts on the incident involving his centre-back partner Brown, O'Shea said: "When you see the replays of Wes' tackle it's frustrating, but obviously it's one of those things.

"It's so frustrating.

"We were a goal down at that stage but I thought we were in clear control of the game and it gave Stoke a massive, massive lift.

"The ref's not had the best of days, has he?

"Hopefully the red card will get overturned.

"He took his time over it but he still managed to get it wrong because Wes has clearly won the ball. I don't think he even touched Adam."

A few seconds passed between the tackle on Adam - whose goal had put Stoke 1-0 up six minutes earlier - and Friend blowing his whistle.

The Stoke player continued running before going to ground off the pitch, and regarding Adam, O'Shea said: "The reaction from Charlie could have been a bit better.

"I think the reaction of their bench is what the ref has gone on, to be honest."

Brown, 34, was starting a second successive top-flight game having not previously been in the first XI for a league fixture since January 2012.

"Fingers crossed it will be overturned and he'll be okay for next week" - John O'Shea

And O'Shea said: "You can imagine how gutted he is. He's worked so hard to get back.

"Fingers crossed it will be overturned and he'll be okay for next week."

He added: "From what we're hearing the linesman might have said he didn't think it was a red card, I don't know for certain.

"But with the position we're in we can't keep going on about decisions. We need to keep our own focus and work on that.

"We know what a player Wes is and with a bit of common sense, which we need at this time, it will be overturned.

"It's fairly simple. These things can be overturned when people have made mistakes, so let's just move on with it."

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