Jermaine Jenas has defended Peter Crouch somewhat by stating referee Felix Brych was 'rash' in sending off the Tottenham striker.
Crouch saw red on 15 minutes in their UEFA Champions League clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday night after being sent off by the Germany official for two quick-fire tackles on Sergio Ramos and Marcelo.
Jenas felt Brych was too eager in brandishing the yellow cards and that a quiet word in Crouch's ear should have been the way to go.
Crouch's dismissal gave Real the green light to attack at will and they pressed home their numerical advantage by running out 4-0 winners.
"I think the referee was a little bit rash," Jenas said.
"Maybe it was inexperience on his part more than anything.
"At some point you have a word, you just talk to the player, rather than dishing out cards every two minutes."
Michael Dawson has confirmed that Crouch was sorry for his actions and Jenas has echoed his sentiments, stating the striker is disappointed with what happened.
"He was disappointed, as any professional would be," Jenas continued.
"He knew what he did probably wasn't a sensible decision, but everybody was so fired up for the game and these things can happen.
"As soon as it happened my heart sank. We were up against Real Madrid with 10 men for 75 minutes. We stood up to them for a bit but it wasn't enough."