27 Nov 2013

Sunderland's Brown wins appeal over red card

6:16 am on 27 November 2013

Sunderland defender Wes Brown has had the red card he recieved in Sunday's Premier League defeat by Stoke City rescinded by the Football Association.

Brown was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend despite winning the ball cleanly from Charlie Adam, leading to a furious reaction by Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.

Poyet says the decision is fair and just, and officials are only human and like everyone, they can make mistakes.

Former Manchester United defender Brown's three-match ban has been dropped so he will be available for the bottom club against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Crystal Palace failed in their bid to have Yannick Bolasie's red card against Hull City overturned, so he will have to serve a three-match ban.