Sunderland defender Wes Brown's red card at Stoke City is a genuine candidate for worst refereeing decision of the Premier League era.
Brown was dismissed by referee Kevin Friend for leaping into a tackle on Charlie Adam, yet made no contact with the Stoke midfielder. Mackems boss Gustavo Poyet was understandably livid with the decision.
Gif Of Wes Brown's Red Card
It is only the second sending off of the 34-year-old's career, although it will almost certainly be rescinded.
Brown's only other red card was when he was playing for Manchester United in a 1-0 victory at Liverpool in January 2005.
The former England international made his first start in nearly two years a fortnight ago, and was named man of the match in the Black Cats' win over Manchester City.
Sunderland players remonstrate with Kevin Friend
It is the second League match in succession in which Stoke have benefitted from an astonishing refereeing decision, after the late penalty they were awarded at Swansea by Robert Madley.
— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) November 23, 2013
Watched replays of Wes Brown's challenge and have to say it did not look like a red. It was a hefty one, but got the ball cleanly.
— Sam Cunningham (@samcunningham) November 23, 2013
— graeme anderson (@sunechograeme) November 23, 2013
The Wes Brown red card for Sunderland at Stoke is a bewildering decision. See what you think on MOTD tonight.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 23, 2013
To be fair watched wes brown throughout his united career and can barely remember him being booked, although sure someone will correct me
— Neil Custis (@ncustisTheSun) November 23, 2013
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