Ex-referee Mark Halsey says official who sent off Sheffield Wednesday's Marco Matias 'got the wrong man'

Referee Mark Halsey seen during the pre-season friendly football match between Liverpool and Olympiakos at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, northwest England on August 3, 2013. The game is a...

Sheffield Wednesday's Marco Matias for alleged violent conduct against Cohen Bramall of Birmingham City.

Referee Mark Halsey seen during the pre-season friendly football match between Liverpool and Olympiakos at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, northwest England on August 3, 2013. The game is a...

Referee Scott Duncan 'got the wrong man' when he sent off Sheffield Wednesday's Marco Matias for alleged violent conduct against Cohen Bramall of Birmingham City, according to former Premier League official Mark Halsey.

Matias and Bramall squared up in the 38th minute of Saturday's Championship fixture at Hillsborough, which ended 3-1 to Birmingham.

And after consulting his assistant, Duncan deemed the Owls man's actions to have been worthy of a red card.

Chris Gunter of Reading and Marco Matias of Sheffield Wednesday during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading on January 26, 2018 in Sheffield,...

Sheffield Wednesday have yet to confirm whether or not they will appeal Matias's dismissal. However, speaking on Monday's The Ref Show, Halsey stated his belief the decision could be overturned.

"It was the Birmingham defender [Bramall] - he was the one for me that, sort of, has attempted to headbutt the Sheffield Wednesday player [Matias]," said the 56-year-old. "But in that situation it's not clear cut either way, and Scott Duncan should have used his experience, got the players in and just given them a public rebuke and said 'any more of that and I will sort you out - get on with the game'. 

"I think so [it is appealable]. He's sent the Sheffield Wednesday player off for violent conduct. Well I didn't see any act of violent conduct coming from him. I saw it from [Bramall] - attempting to headbutt is a sending-off offence. Did he [Bramall] attempt to headbutt him [Matias]? It looked like it - so I think he's got the wrong man."

Chelsea's Victor Moses shoots for goal as Arsenal's Cohen Bramall challenges during their friendly football match at Beijing's National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, on July 22, 2017.

Halsey does not, however, believe any charges will be brought retrospectively against Bramall, who had only been on the field for five minutes at the time of the incident.

The 21-year-old, incidentally, was close to signing for Sheffield Wednesday during last year's January transfer window.

He had been on trial at Hillsborough before Arsenal, the club from which he is currently on loan, came in for him at the last minute.

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