James Milner reckons it is now too easy to get sent off in the Premier League.
And, although he sympathises with officials, he believes that they send off players who go into tackles strongly but fairly too often.
Asked if he was disappointed about the decision, he said: “That’s the way football is now. It’s so easy to get sent off.
“There are obviously tackles that are dirty and designed to hurt players and you don’t want to see that and you don’t want to see anyone going in with the intention of injuring another player.
“It’s a tough decision sometimes for a referee to get that right, especially with the pace of the Premier League now, but then there are other tackles where both players are going in wholeheartedly – honest players trying to win the ball and just going in strongly.
“I remember starting my career and I thought I’d go through my career without getting sent off.
“Unfortunately that happened earlier this season. One mistake. One bad touch and I was overstretching for the ball and it was a last man tackle and I got a red.
“That’s the way the game is.”