Ian Holloway feels Charlie Adam was unlucky to pick up a one-match ban after his yellow card at Stoke.
Blackpool captain Adam saw yellow for the fifth time this season in the league after an aerial challenge with Dean Whitehead.
Referee Anthony Taylor went to his pocket despite Adam making a genuine attempt for the ball, a decision that has angered his manager.
Keith Southern and Ludovic Sylvestre will now battle it out to replace their skipper as Blackpool welcome an in-form Tottenham to Bloomfield Road on Sunday.
"I thought Charlie's booking was absolute nonsense," Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette.
"He won a brilliant header. You've got to try to win headers in games like this and he went for it. Their fella was rolling about on the floor.
"Charlie must have caught him but I don't think he meant it."