Odd decision to say the least.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is understandably livid over the decision made by referee Kevin Friend to send off veteran defender Wes Brown for a perfectly good tackle during the Black Cats defeat away at Stoke City.
Poyet has demanded an apology according to the BBC, stating;
“Either we get an apology or you don’t make me appeal and take the red card away. We can accept the mistake from the referee and we move forward.
“Sometimes we keep asking ourselves what is going on because it is difficult to understand. I would like somebody to explain. If you explain the action with some different words maybe I try to give some credit to the referee.
“But I don’t think there is any explanation. Was it a two-footed tackle? No. Was he not in control? No. Over the ball? No. Was the opponent in danger? No. Did he make contact? No. Please explain me. It is difficult to accept.”
Here’s a video of the incident in question and once you’ve watched it you will find it hard to fathom quite how the referee came to the conclusion that the tackle was worthy of a straight red card.