But still was. Sounds like a five year old kid who has been caught and is trying to lie himself out of trouble while mom and dad listen patiently. Although the statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited — now that’s a mouthful — isn’t as clear cut as the article headline: “Wes Brown: No mistake over sending off, says referees’ body”:
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited said: “From his position, Roger East, the match referee, believed he saw contact from John O’Shea and Wes Brown.
“As he thought Brown made a foul on Falcao as he was in the act of shooting, he dismissed Brown.
“After the incident, the match referee consulted with his team of officials, but none were better placed to offer guidance.”