It was in fact Seanan Clucas who made that challenge and it seemed inevitable he would be the one facing punishment. However, because the Bradford bench made such a big deal about the tackle both sets of players charged on the scene and began protecting their team-mates. The referee lost control at this point and didn't know who was involved with what - and this may have saved Clucas - but unfortunately Wayne Brown was the man in the wrong place at the wrong time and ultimately given his marching orders. Nathan Doyle was also given a red card for his part in the ruckus although judging by TV footage it's difficult to ascertain what he was supposed to have done.
Bradford have said they will be appealing the straight red that Doyle received but Rovers are in the unfortunate position where they can't do the same for Brown as it was 2 separate cautions that he received. No retrospective action can be taken against Clucas as the original tackle saw him go unpunished.
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Brown's one match suspension will see him miss next Saturday's rearranged game with Wycombe at Adams Park, which was controversially abandoned after 67 minutes in August due to lightning when Rovers were 3-1 up.