Another questionable call, another angry club.
Sunderland is the latest victim of suspect officiating after Wes Brown was sent off against Manchester United. John O’Shea seemed to have brought down Radamel Falcao in the box, but Wes Brown was shown his second yellow card and sent off.
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Despite pleas from O’Shea that he committed the foul himself, referee Roger East stood by his decision and sent Brown to an early shower. Wayne Rooney would convert the penalty en route to a 2-0 win for Manchester United.
A statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) sided with East’s decision, saying he saw contact between Brown and Falcao.
From his position, Roger East, the match referee, believed he saw contact from John O’Shea and Wes Brown.
As he thought Brown made a foul on Falcao as he was in the act of shooting, he dismissed Brown.
After the incident, the match referee consulted with his team of officials, but none were better placed to offer guidance.”
Although the PGMOL is attempting to justify the sending off, video replay clearly shows O’Shea committing the foul, not Wes Brown. Sunderland has confirmed that the club will appeal the decision.
It’s too late to change what happened, as Sunderland were sent to ten-men and lost another match, now sitting in 16th on the table and only three points clear of relegation. In a season when all the talk has been the poor officiating, this incident will surely be another case in the fight for more technology to be used in the game.