Date: 1st March 2015 at 4:03pm
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Gus Poyet has blasted the state that refereeing is in for sides in the Premiership.

Gus Poyet has blasted the state that refereeing is in for sides in the Premiership.

On Saturday the Black Cats boss was left baffled as to why Wes Brown was sent off during the game against Man United, instead of John O’Shea, the man who actually committed the offence.

Sunderland could have possibly got a 0-0 draw out of the game at Old Trafford, but the penalty that either O’Shea or Brown committed gave the Reds a penalty and Rooney made no mistake from the spot when all the kerfuffle had died down.

Referee East awarded the spot kick after Radamel Falcao was fouled in the box which TV shots clearly show that O’Shea was pulling at Falcao and when he went down, Brown had just gone around at was at his side.

But, to the astonishment of both Poyet and the Sunderland players, referee East showed a red card to Brown, rather than O’Shea.

‘The referee told the players there were two fouls. One committed by John O’Shea and one committed by Wes Brown,’ Poyet said to reporters.

‘He gave the Wes Brown one so that’s why he sent him off. Wes Brown didn’t touch anyone, so I don’t know what he saw. How can you give a penalty that didn’t happen?’

The referee himself insists that it was not a case of mistaken identity, he did mean to send off Brown for a foul on Falcao. Something that the Referee’s

‘They need to be more honest – the ones who are checking on the referees. We are human beings. I made a decision today. I didn’t change early enough to stop that penalty happening. That was my decision and I can make a mistake.’ Poyet added.

‘So they need to accept that as well and not hide because at the moment they’re hiding a little bit. The referees have to get better. There are too many (mistakes) every day.’

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