GUS POYET says Sunderland will consider the video evidence and referee’s report before deciding whether to appeal Wes Brown’s red card at Manchester United.
Ex-Man United defender Brown was dismissed in today’s 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford, with Sunderland failing to recover from that decision, and the subsequent penalty which was dispatched by Wayne Rooney.
However, John O’Shea, rather than Brown, was the principal offender in bringing down United striker Radamel Falcao, but despite lengthy protests from Sunderland, referee Roger East opted to send off the wrong man.
Sunderland could appeal the penalty decision, with the possibility of either Brown’s one-match ban being rescinded, or the punishment being switched to O’Shea - a suspension which would be served in Tuesday’s crunch game against Hull.
But with East giving a confusing message to Sunderland’s players on the pitch, the Black Cats will consider their position in the next 48 hours.
Poyet said: “I just saw one clip and I think we need to analyse the action properly and the report from the referee, and what he told the players.
Wes Brown didn’t touch anyone, so I don’t know what he sawGus Poyet
“He told the players there was two fouls, one given by John O’Shea and one by Wes Brown, so he gave the one to Wes Brown.
“Wes Brown didn’t touch anyone, so I don’t know what he saw.
“I think we’re going to analyse it.
“We need to be fair with the players, but there is a report.
“With everything on the table, we’ll make a decision.”
The case of mistaken identity was the latest in a number of poor decisions against Sunderland this season, who have seen stonewall penalties turned down against Bradford, Hull and Southampton, plus a goal wrongly disallowed against West Brom last weekend.
But while Poyet doesn’t believe video technology is the answer, the Sunderland boss says the standard of refereeing does need to improve.
“I like football as it is, but I think it’s time for the referees to get better,” added Poyet.
“Then we can talk about if it was the right decision or wrong decision.
“They have to get better. There are too many (mistakes) each weekend.
“We are human beings. I made a decision today, I didn’t change early enough to not let that penalty happen.
“But they need to accept that as well and not hide because at the moment, they are hiding a bit.”