Gustavo Poyet described Wes Brown’s sending-off at Stoke City as “a hammer to the head”, and asked for referees to be allowed to explain controversial decisions in public.
Brown was sent off 36 minutes into Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat, a decision which has been widely criticised.
The Black Cats were already trailing, but without their best defender they were unable to salvage a second away point this season and are once more bottom of the Premier League. Poyet complained: “You are in a difficult situation that is hard to get out of, but you’ve got momentum and are playing better, everybody believing, then, bang! Life pulls you down again. A hammer to the head.
“It’s clear it (Brown’s challenge on Charlie Adam) is nothing. It’s not even a foul. So I want an explanation and an apology.
“It’s difficult to take. We are trying to win football games. We had gained momentum, we were ready to go away from home and perform. Then we get a bang on the head.” Having seen three of his players sent off in the last two away games, Poyet also wants referees to be more accountable.
“For us, it would be better,” he said. “I understand they don’t want to be every week explaining things. They’ve got a point.
“But, with specific, unique situations, please do it. If you’re doing it every week, you have a problem, but then you’re making too many mistakes!” He stopped short of calling for video evidence, however. “Do you stop or play on and depending how long it takes the person watching do you come back to it?” he asked.
“It would change football forever. They just need to make better decisions. Was that (Brown’s tackle) endangering an opponent? If so, then (Asmir) Begovic was really endangering an opponent.”
Begovic accidentally caught Steven Fletcher in the chest during the second half but despite drawing the comparison, Poyet insisted he had not wanted action against the goalkeeper – or Adam or Stoke’s bench over the Brown incident.
“I’m not trying to put Begovic in trouble,” he said. “He played the ball. I’m trying to compare, which is more dangerous? Which is more of a foul in the laws of the game?
“That’s a high leg, an indirect free-kick at least. If there’s contact, it’s a penalty. Nothing to do with Begovic. Charlie didn’t do anything. Sometimes when things happen, you jump up.”