SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet was incandescent and inconsolable in the wake of Wes Brown’s shock sending off in today’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City.
The ex-Manchester United defender thundered into a challenge for the ball nine minutes from the break – winning the ball cleanly before coming into contact with Charlie Adam.
It looked like a typical full-blooded English challenge and a yellow would have been a harsh decision.
But to see a red flourished by referee Kevin Friend completely enraged Poyet ,who dispensed with his long-coat and berated the official who was surrounded by angry Black Cats players.
Afterwards, in the Press conference, the Uruguayan was more measured but clearly still angry and making an effort to keep his emotions in check.
“It was a key moment – a moment when we were trying to come back and take the game to Stoke,” he fumed.
“We were down to 10 men for no reason and I would like to know why.
“If someone can explain, I will think about it, but I am sure there is no explanation, so nobody will come to me.
“I don’t even think it is a foul.
“Maybe Mike Riley (the referees’ chief) needs to call me on Monday, I will have my phone on.”
Poyet left the Britannia Stadium still struggling to get his head around the decision.
“Fans will see the challenge from every angle over the weekend on replays and from each angle it will look less of a foul.
“Wes Brown is a defender. We are playing in England.”
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