Referee Denies Wes Brown Sent off for John O'Shea's Foul on Radamel Falcao

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2015

BRADFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15:  Wes Brown of Sunderland reacts during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Bradford City and Sunderland at Coral Windows Stadium, Valley Parade on February 15, 2015 in Bradford, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Wes Brown has won an appeal with the FA following a claim of wrongful dismissal during Sunderland's match with Manchester United.

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Brown Has Suspension Withdrawn

Monday, Mar. 2

The FA confirmed that Brown had his suspension withdrawn after having his claim upheld following his dismissal vs. Manchester United.

Sunderland to Appeal Brown's Sending Off

Saturday, Feb. 28

Premier League referee Roger East didn't have the greatest afternoon on Saturday, highlighted when he sent off Sunderland's Wes Brown for a foul in the penalty area on Radamel Falcao, even though the foul was actually committed by team-mate John O'Shea. Sunderland will appeal the red card, Sky Sports revealed Sunday.

Even United's official Twitter account was confused by what it was seeing:

Manchester United @ManUtd

64' - Penalty to United! O'Shea is sent off after bringing down Falcao. #mufclive

Manchester United @ManUtd

65' - After some confusion at Old Trafford, Roger East actually gave the red card to Wes Brown. #mufclive

The two teams were tied at 0-0, with Brown doing a fantastic job defending Falcao throughout the afternoon, when the absurd incident took place in the 64th minute.

O'Shea appeared to pull down Falcao with Brown arriving a little later at the scene of the crime. East brandished the red card for Brown, and even after the two Black Cats made it clear to the official he had given the wrong man his marching orders, he refused to budge, per former England international Gary Lineker:

After the match, East defended his decision, according to Sky Sports HQ:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

BREAKING NEWS: Referee Roger East denies sending off Sunderland defender Wes Brown in a case of mistaken identity at Manchester United today

Bleacher Report UK's Twitter feed suspected that this might be the latest case of mistaken identity in a week full of it:

B/R Football @brfootball

Mistaken identity at Old Trafford. Wes Brown off instead of O’Shea by mistake. What did the referee see? #TheDress http://t.co/2RDOWyyaNV

As shared by The Times' James Ducker, this incident is but the latest in a long line of gaffes from Premier League officials this season:

James Ducker @TelegraphDucker

Another in long line of refereeing blunders this term. Roger East somehow sends off Wes Brown instead of John O'Shea for pulling down Falcao

One has to assume the FA will look at this incident and retrospectively change which player sits out Sunderland's next match with a suspension, while East will have some explaining to do and may not be seen on a Premier League pitch for some time.


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