Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies has questioned the laws of the game following Guy Moussi's sending off against Barnsley.
The Reds midfielder saw red late on against the Tykes on Tuesday night, with referee Nigel Miller showing him a second yellow card for over-celebrating his dramatic winner.
The match official apologised to Davies after the game for having to take such drastic action, but insists he had no other option.
The Forest coach accepts that Moussi acted out of turn, but he believes the rules need to be altered so that emotion can be taken into account.
"I spoke to the referee at the end of the game and he apologised to me for sending him off," said Davies.
"He said he was really sorry and that he didn't agree with the rule but he had to send him off.
"I said he was right, so what do you do? It is the most pathetic rule ever.
"Your player is celebrating a goal and it comes from sheer emotion and he goes and forgets himself for two or three seconds and runs into the crowd.
"I'm gutted for the lad because he played very well against Newcastle on Saturday and he came in again tonight and did very well."
The 1-0 victory keeps Forest on the fringes of the play-off places, but their night was marred by a worrying injury picked up by in-form frontman Dexter Blackstock.
Davies added: "Dexter Blackstock has medial knee ligament damage, but I don't think he will be out for too long as it's not a tear, it's just an over-stretch.
"Certainly I would think it will be a couple of weeks for him though."
Barnsley boss Mark Robins was left to reflect on what might have been as he left the City Ground empty-handed, but overall he was pleased with the effort from his side.
"It can certainly be a cruel game. I know how Ipswich felt a couple of weeks ago now when we did the same to them, but we have got to take it on the chin," he said.
"We've done everything right and defended really well for 93 of the 94 minutes. Then, we switch off to a long, hopeful ball which we have defended well all night.
"It is a sickener but we have got to get on with it and bounce back from it, and we will do that."
Robins added: "I expected us to have to defend for long periods because that's what happens when you come up against a side that is confident and throws bodies forward all the time.
"We nullified their threat until we could grow into the game and then in the second half we created a few chances and their keeper worked far harder to earn his corn."