Soccer

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Sunderland await news on Brown

Published 26/11/2013|07:56

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Wes Brown, pictured, was sent off for a tackle on Charlie Adam

Sunderland are hopeful the Football Association will overturn Wes Brown's red card later today.

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The Black Cats have announced they will appeal the defender's dismissal against Stoke and will send in a file ahead of a 1pm deadline.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was furious with the decision and told BT Sport that he was confident they will win their appeal.

"It was clear at the time and everything is clear now," he said. "I hope common sense prevails…and we can go away from it (saying) it's a mistake and we take it and we accept it somehow."

Referee Kevin Friend, who was at the centre of the controversy when he dismissed Brown for a challenge on Stoke's Charlie Adam despite making minimal contact and winning the ball, has not been given a match for the next two rounds of Premier League games.

Meanwhile, Cardiff's Chile defender Gary Medel will not face disciplinary action from the FA despite appearing to raise his hands towards Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini during Sunday's 2-2 draw.

The incident was not seen by the match officials and so was reviewed by the FA's panel of former referees, who decided the incident was not worthy of a red card and so no action would be taken.

Meanwhile, FA sources have confirmed there will be no retrospective disciplinary action against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney or Everton's Kevin Mirallas, who both escaped with bookings for incidents that many felt warranted red cards.

Although the new rules brought in by FA chairman Greg Dyke took effect from this weekend making it easier to take retrospective action, it is only for cases where match officials did not see the incidents.

Rooney was booked by referee Neil Swarbrick for a kick at Cardiff's Jordon Mutch, while Mirallas escaped with a caution for a wild lunge that connected with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's knee in the Merseyside derby.

An FA source said the officials in both cases had seen the incidents and made a judgement they warranted bookings rather than dismissals, and the FA is unable to 'upgrade' yellow cards to reds.

Dyke announced the new rules after Chelsea's Fernando Torres escaped action for scratching Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen. Although Torres was booked after the incident, that was for a trip rather than the scratching which followed and which was unseen by the referee.

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