Black Cats in Breen appeal

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Sunderland will appeal against Gary Breen's sending off during the defeat at Sheffield United.

Breen saw red along with United's Andy Gray during the 1-0 win for The Blades at Bramall Lane, but both managers were stunned by the decision and are planning appeals.

Referee Mike Dean consulted with his assistant before sending the pair off for violent conduct after a minor incident between the two players.

Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy has insisted that the club will appeal against Breen's dismissal and his impending three-game ban.

"I really don't know why they were sent off," McCarthy told the club website. "The two guys, both 6ft 2in, were pushing a bit.

"Both said there were no arms raised. I didn't see anyone holding their chins or any claret knocking about as they were coming off. The assistant referee must have been 40 or 50 yards away.

"They both should have been given a warning. He should have told them to stop pushing and shoving and get on with the game.

"Yes, I'm going to appeal. It's not a case of the manager having rose-coloured spectacles here. No-one thought it was a sending off.

"Neil Warnock didn't think it was, Gary Breen and Andy Gray are clueless as to why it happened. There's only one bloke in the ground who has seen it. It's not a frivolous appeal, no-one has seen it.

"We have to have it [the appeal] in before lunchtime tomorrow and that's what we'll have to do. I don't think it's unfair to do so.

"If someone chinned him or elbowed him, you take it and get on with it. This one is not fair, not right."

Blades boss Neil Warnock was also upset with Andy Gray's sending off, and will also be appealing to The FA.

"There was nothing in it at all," said Warnock. "We haven't got the incident on film and without it we are going to struggle but we will appeal."