Stoke chairman Peter Coates has hinted that the Potters may appeal Ricardo Fuller's red card for slapping team-mate Andy Griffin on Sunday.
The striker was sent-off by referee Mike Jones in the 54th minute of the 2-1 defeat to West Ham for his amazing moment of madness.
But Coates told Sky Sports News that he thought a red card was harsh in the circumstances and he has hinted that the club may appeal the decision.
He said: "I think it took us all by surprise - obviously it is something that shouldn't have happened.
"It was unprofessional. Ricardo has been a terrific player for us and remains a terrific player for us but he's an emotional guy and needs to control himself like we all do so it was very disappointing."
He added: "It's a question of, really, whether it's a sending off. I understand and believe the referee didn't see it. I have seen it since on the television - it was hardly the most aggressive thing you are ever going to see on a football field by a million miles and did he need to send him off?"
He added the club does not feel good about the incident but they are grown up and can get over these things.
"It was heat of the moment, these things happen don't they and we all do things sometimes we regret and I'm sure he regrets that but we have just got to get on with it and sort ourselves out which we will."
Coates has previously insisted Fuller remains an integral part of Stoke's plans despite some Potters' fans calling for the striker to be sacked in the wake of the embarrassing episode.
He is due to meet with manager Tony Pulis to discuss what disciplinary action to take, bit insists "it is our affair and we will deal with it in our own way."