Wes Brown red card rescinded by FA

The Sunderland defender will not serve a ban after being given a straight red card for his challenge on Stoke City's Charlie Adam during Saturday's 2-0 defeat
Wes Brown's red card during Sunderland's defeat to Stoke City on Saturday has been rescinded by the Football Association.

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The Black Cats lost the game 2-0, having been forced to play the majority of the match with 10 men after Brown’s 36th-minute dismissal by referee Kevin Friend for a challenge on Charlie Adam.

Subsequent replays showed no obvious breach of the laws by the defender and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet went as far as to demand an official apology from the Referees’ Association in the game’s immediate aftermath.

However, after the Blacks Cats lodged an appeal with the FA on Monday, English football's governing body has decided to overturn the decision.

"With regard to [Wes] Brown, who was dismissed for serious foul play during Saturday’s game at Stoke City, the claim was upheld," a statement released on the FA's official website read.

"As a result, his three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect."

Brown will now be available for Sunderland's trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.