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Monday 19 March 2018

Poyet demands apology

Stoke 2 Sunderland 0 Phil Medlicott

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet called for referees' chief Mike Riley to apologise to him after the Black Cats were beaten 2-0 at Stoke in controversial circumstances.

Poyet's side, already 1-0 down at the time, were reduced to 10 men in the 36th minute of the Premier League contest when referee Kevin Friend deemed a sliding tackle from Wes Brown on Charlie Adam to be worthy of a straight red card.

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

Friend's call drew an angry reaction from Poyet and, when asked about the incident after the match, the Uruguayan manager said: "I would like the referees' association (the Professional Game Match Officials Board) to apologise to me this time.

"They did it last week. I think it is fair – they called a British manager and I think it is time for them to call a foreign manager. Then, the referee will have said it was not a red card and I don't need to appeal."

The Potters took the lead on the half-hour mark when Steven Nzonzi latched onto Geoff Cameron's chip down the right, turned Ki Sung-yeung and laid the ball to Adam, who was arriving in the box to drill home.

And Stoke sealed the win in the 81st minute when former England forward Peter Crouch advanced forward having collected Adam's pass, and sent Nzonzi clear, the Frenchman slotting home.

Sunday Independent

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