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.
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."
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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