Another series of ludicrous decision in the Premier League this season.
Sunderland defenders John O’Shea and Wes Brown may both avoid suspension and could even face Hull City in a crucial relegation scrap despite Brown being mistakenly shown a red card instead of O’Shea against Manchester United.
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The Black Cats may be able to appeal the sending off because of referee Roger East’s case of mistaken identity and that it was an ‘obvious error’, reports Daily Mail.
It is believed that if the FA three-person panel agree with Sunderland’s claim that it clearly wasn’t Brown who fouled Radamel Falcao, which also led to Manchester United’s penalty and opening goal, then his red card should be revoked.
The Premier League has since tweeted an official statement from the Referee’s organisation which states that from the referee’s position he believed he saw contact from both players on Radamel Falcao.
And because referee Roger East thought Brown had made a foul on Falcao in the act of shooting, believed he should send him off.
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 28, 2015
Therefore because East has not said it was mistaken identity and he awarded the foul to Brown, the red card cannot be transferred to O’Shea.
Sunderland will wait until he sees the referees report before they decide whether to appeal the decision.