Sunderland manager Poyet seeking apology after Brown is sent off

After seeing defender Wes Brown controversially dismissed during his side’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday, Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet has asked for an apology from referees’ chief Mike Riley, BBC Sport has reported.

The Uruguayan was left fuming after Brown saw red from referee Kevin Friend for a challenge on Stoke’s Charlie Adam – who had earlier put the hosts in front – despite appearing to win the ball cleanly.

Following the game, Poyet confirmed that Sunderland will appeal against the decision, but also went on to ask for an apology from Riley, the head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, who earlier in November, contacted West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Steve Clarke to apologise after a penalty was controversially given against the Baggies at Chelsea.

Poyet said: “Maybe Mike needs to call. I will have my phone on. “Either we get an apology or you don’t make me appeal and take the red card away. We can accept the mistake from the referee and we move forward.’

On the tackle from Brown itself, he added: ‘I don’t think there is any explanation. Was it a two-footed tackle? No. Was he not in control? No. Over the ball? No. Was the opponent in danger? No. Did he make contact? No. Please explain me. It is difficult to accept.”

The result leaves Sunderland bottom of the Premier League table, after Crystal Palace won away to Hull City.

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