Sunderland have been successful in their appeal to overturn the red card shown to defender Wes Brown in the defeat against Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
Brown was sent off for an alleged foul on Radamel Falcao but the infraction was actually committed by John O’Shea, like Brown a former United defender. Referee Roger East nevertheless sent off Brown and a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the referee’s body, confirmed the official had meant to dismiss Brown and not O’Shea, clarifying that it wasn’t a case of mistaken identity, as he also saw the coming together between O’Shea and Falcao.
However, the independent commission which heard the Black Cats’ appeal found that Brown was wrongfully dismissed and removed the suspension he would have had to face. Brown stood to miss Sunderland’s next fixture, away at Hull City on Tuesday.
Wayne Rooney scored the resulting penalty and later added a second from open play as United recorded a 2-0 win over Gus Poyet’s side.
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