Premier League: Sunderland defender Wes Brown wins red card appeal
Sunderland have won their appeal against Wes Brown's dismissal during their 2-0 defeat to Stoke on Saturday.
Last Updated: 26/11/13 4:11pm
Brown was adjudged to have committed a red card offence for a foul on Charlie Adam in the first half at the Britannia Stadium, shortly after the Scotland international had scored the opening goal.
The decision left Sunderland manager Gus Poyet fuming and the club decided to appeal the decision.
That has now been upheld by the FA, who released a short statement on their official website to confirm the card had been rescinded.
"With regard to Brown, who was dismissed for serious foul play during Saturday's game at Stoke City, the claim was upheld," it read.
"As a result, his three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect."
Centre-back Brown will now be free to play in the Premier League game with Aston Villa on Saturday.
Giving his reaction to Brown's red card being rescinded, Poyet said on Sunderland's official website: "I would like to express my thanks to the panel for giving the matter their consideration.
"Naturally we are delighted with their decision, which is fair and just.
"I have spoken with Mike Riley and whilst the details of our conversation will remain private, I am satisfied with today's outcome.
"Of course it was hugely frustrating to have Wes sent off, but we accept that officials are only human and like everyone, they can make mistakes.
"Having the red card rescinded today goes some way to rectifying the error and we are delighted to have Wes available for Saturday's game at Aston Villa."
Ex-Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher, meanwhile, told Sky Sports News on Monday that he believed Friend had made an error in dismissing Brown.
Gallagher said: "I can keep this very short. We have to take it smack on the chin.
"The referee has lost concentration or not seen it. It is not a red card, that's all you can say.
"Brown's gone in hard but he's entitled to do that. As a refereeing body you have to take that smack on the chin."