Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak has blasted referee Phil Dowd after being sent off in Crystal Palace’s 3-1 loss to Sunderland on Monday.
The Australian was given his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards, firstly for a shove on Wes Brown and then after a tangle with Jordi Gomez on 87 minutes.
Jedinak had no major issue with his sending off, but was disappointed with Dowd’s performance, in failing to award two spot-kicks early when the game was up for grabs.
“They were both pretty clear, he gave the decisions and unfortunately we have to get the brunt of them,” Jedinak told the Croydon Guardian.
“It is disappointing when you don’t receive the decisions, particularly so early on and when they are that obvious.”
Jedinak’s red card means he will miss his first Premier League match for Palace since their promotion in 2012-13.
The 30-year-old has started Palace’s past 48 Premier League games, missing only the final 30 minutes of last season after picking up an injury.
The Australian midfielder had played every minute of the Eagles’ 2014-15 league campaign until Monday’s sending off, while he had played Palace's past 54 league games, dating back to April 2013 while they were in the Championship.
He now misses Saturday’s big clash at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
“I have to accept that and I am disappointed with myself to be missing the game on Saturday,” Jedinak said.
As for his red card, Jedinak begrudgingly copped his medicine.
“The two yellows were two yellows,” Jedinak said.
“He decided to give me the first one for whatever reason and the second I got caught in (Gomez) and he has deemed it as a yellow card.”
Palace are currently 17th with nine points from 10 games and are winless in their past four.comments