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Sunderland's Brown has red card rescinded

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Sunderland have won their appeal against the red card picked up by Wes Brown during Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Stoke City.

Brown, 33, was adjudged to have committed a reckless tackle on Charlie Adam by referee Kevin Friend, in a decision that incensed both the defender's team-mates and manager Gus Poyet.

With the club stating at the time their intention to appeal Friend's decision, the FA have now confirmed they have been successful in doing so.

Speaking via a statement on their official website, the FA said: "With regard to Brown, who was dismissed for serious foul play during Saturday's game at Stoke City, the claim was upheld. As a result, his three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect."

Poyet said in a statement on Sunderland's website: "I would like to express my thanks to the panel for giving the matter their consideration," he said.

"Naturally we are delighted with their decision, which is fair and just. I have spoken with [referees' chief] 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"Having the red card rescinded today goes some way to rectifying the error and we are delighted to have Wes available for Saturday's game at Aston Villa."

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have failed in their bid to get the red card Yannick Bolasie was shown during Saturday's 1-0 victory at Hull overturned. Bolasie was dismissed for a tackle on Hull midfielder Jake Livermore shortly before Barry Bannan scored Palace's winner.

An FA statement read: "The claim in relation to Bolasie, who was dismissed for serious foul play during his side's match at Hull City on Saturday, was unsuccessful therefore his three-match ban remains with immediate effect."

Bolasie will now miss the clash with Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday and the home games with West Ham United and Cardiff City.

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