Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney has urged the English FA to reverse the red card that referee Roger East showed Wes Brown during Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday.
The visitors looked set to share the spoils at Old Trafford before Wayne Rooney handed the Red Devils the lead from the spot and doubled the tally moments later. Louis van Gaal’s men would have gotten the third when Ander Herrera guided a ball that bounced back from the goalkeeper into the net but his celebrations were short lived after the lines-man maintained that the Spaniard was an inch offside.
The most controversial incidence of the match was the scuffle that resulted in Manchester United’s second spot kick of the season. Radamel Falcao had been mediocre for most part of the game but before he was subbed off after a frustrating display, the Colombian skimped past both John O’shea and Wes Brown but the former engaged him resulting in the foul. The striker fell to the ground and the referee rightly pointed to the spot. However, what caught the interest of the entire footballing world was when referee East decided to expel Wes Brown even though replays explicitly showed that O’Shea was indeed the culprit.
Until the statement released by the Professional Games Match Officials, many observers believed that the referee might have made the decision in the spur of the moment with very little information but the referee’s governing body insisted that the incident was not a case of mistaking identity and that the centre referee had in fact believed that Brown was at fault hence the defender’s expulsion.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet had wondered why the referee still maintained that he was right despite the evidences available and Wayne Rooney who had played with both defenders involved during their spell at Manchester United believes that although there was a scuffle, Wes Brown should not be unjustly punished.