Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has vented his frustration about Rodolph Austin being suspended for the start of the new season.
The midfielder was red carded against Brighton & Hove Albion in the penultimate game of last season after a clash with Ashley Barnes, and was given a three-match ban, which runs into the first two games of the new campaign.
Ironically, it will be a home game with Brighton that the 28-year-old will miss, as well as the Capital One Cup first round tie at home to Chesterfield.
McDermott has remained upset with the Football Association, who upheld the ban before the Whites final game of last season away to Watford.
He told the Yorkshire Post: "I am still annoyed. I have spoken to the referees’ association and I have told them that I think it is a complete joke.
"It wasn’t a sending-off but he is banned for three games. The referee told me he understood where I was coming from and agreed with my point of view, but didn’t support me when it mattered. I’m not happy.
"It is not the end of the world and I don’t want to cry over spilled milk but he (Austin) is in great shape and great form.
"Would you want a player like that available for the first day of the season? Of course you would.
"No one will ever persuade me that they shouldn’t have overturned that. I would go further than saying it wasn’t a red card by saying it wasn’t even a foul."
The 52-year-old boss went on to say that he is unsure whether he will make any new additions to his squad this summer.
When asked if any new players are yet to be brought in, he replied: “I have got no idea.
“What I think is that we have got the players we have got.
"I am happy to work with the players we have got because that is what I have got.
"There is no point talking about players I don’t have."
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