Joe Ledley has come to the defence of teammate Mile Jedinak, describing the ugly incident that landed the Crystal Palace skipper a four-match ban as uncharacteristic.
Jedinak was charged with violent conduct following an elbow to West Ham striker Diafra Sakho during the Eagles 3-1 victory at Upton Park.
“Things like that are not his game,” Ledley told the London Evening Standard when asked about the incident involving the Australian.
“He is never normally like that. I do not know what went through his mind. These days you are not going to get away with things like that with technology and cameras.
“He didn’t catch him that much but these things happen and we just have to deal with it.
“When he went to the Asian Cup we missed the guy. He is our captain and leader. Then he comes back for one game and does something like that.”
The Socceroos captain had just worked his way back into the team after lifting the Asian Cup in Australia when he was slapped with the ban.
Jedinak will serve his second match on the sidelines when the Eagles host relegation-threatened QPR on Saturday.