Tuesday, 26 November 2013
English FA Vindicate Wes Brown, As Kevin Friend Bags Suspension
The Football Association have rescinded the red card given to Sunderland's Wes Brown following his sending off At Stoke. In what appeared to be a well timed, clean, committed but hard tackle, Kevin Friend decided to dismiss the former Manchester United defender.
As expected, the Sunderland hierarchy appealed the blatant decision, and the FA had no choice than to overturn the redcard as the tackle was not even a foul in the first instance. A statement from the FA said: 'With regard to Brown, who was dismissed for serious foul play during Saturday's game at Stoke City, the claim was upheld. As a result, his three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.
Kevin Friend, meanwhile, has not been given a match for the next two rounds of Premier League games. Referee Chief - Dermot Gallagher believes Friend made a clear mistake. He told Sky Sports News: "The referee has lost concentration or not seen it. It is not a red card, that's all you can say. Brown's gone in hard but he's entitled to do that. As a refereeing body you have to take that smack on the chin."