GUS POYET has welcomed Wes Brown’s availability for Sunderland’s crunch clash at Hull tonight after the veteran defender successfully saw his red card overturned.
Brown was dismissed for bringing down Manchester United striker Radamal Falcao in Saturday’s defeat at Old Trafford, despite central defensive partner John O’Shea being the principal offender.
But Sunderland’s appeal to the FA has been successful and Brown’s one-match ban has been rescinded, with the 35-year-old included in the squad for the trip to the KC Stadium.
Sunderland boss Poyet said: “It’s good news. I think the most important part is that honesty prevailed. That’s something very important for me.
“We’ve got too many rules in football; rules that are a bit too open to interpretation.
“This one was clear and everybody acted very well – referee, the PGMO, the Premier League, the FA.
“It was honesty and common sense after a mistake, and we move forward.
“It’s important for us because Wes is an experienced player and looking at the game tonight, he’s very important to have.”
Sunderland had initially feared that if they appealed the red card on a case of mistaken identity, the ban would be switched to O’Shea – a headache given there are doubts over whether Brown would be able to play two games inside four days.
However, when the PGMO released a statement on Saturday night insisting that referee Roger East thought he had spotted fouls from both, the suspension couldn’t be transferred and Sunderland decided to appeal.
It is the second time that Brown has been successful in rescinding a red card after he was wrongly sent off at Stoke City last season.
“Everyone was waiting for the report,” added Poyet.
“We know what the referee said on the pitch.
“If it was a mistaken identity case, it’s awkward because you need the other player to come up and say ‘I will take the suspension in this situation’.
“But then if it was that situation, it might not have even been a red card because there were two players close. It was tough.
“The good thing about everything is that Wes didn’t do anything, got sent off, so the red card is rescinded.
“It was a penalty, so United got what they deserved, and we don’t have any issue with John O’Shea because we don’t know whether the referee saw that action.”