Poyet demands ref chief apology

Last Updated: Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:56
Sunderland

Gus Poyet wants referee chief Mike Riley to issue an apology and rescind Wes Brown's red card from Sunderland's 2-0 defeat at Stoke.

The Black Cats boss was seething at match official Kevin Friend's decision to send off defender Brown for a challenge on Stoke's Charlie Adam as he looked to have cleanly won the ball.

Poyet noted that Riley contacted West Brom boss Steve Clarke to apologise for referee Andre Marriner's award of a late penalty to Chelsea which denied the Baggies an impressive victory at Stamford Bridge before the international break.

And the Uruguayan is looking for the same treatment, while he also expects Brown to have the red card rescinded which will more importantly mean he won't have to serve a three-match ban.

"Maybe Mike needs to call. I will have my phone on. 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," said Poyet.

"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."

Poyet added: "I would like the referees' association to apologise to me this time. They did it last week. I think it is fair - they called a British manager and I think it is time for them to call a foreign manager."

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