HUDDERSFIELD Town's Alan Lee has been hit with a three-match ban after his clash with former teammate Alex Bruce at Hull on Saturday.
It will rule the striker out of a return to former club Crystal Palace on Saturday and the home games against Blackpool on Boxing Day and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday week.
Lee was retrospectively charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after catching Bruce, with whom he played at Town and Ipswich, with an elbow.
The Hull centre-back retaliated by pushing Lee and was shown a straight red card by referee Howard Webb, who confirmed to the FA that he didn't see Lee's offence.
The FA acted after reviewing video evidence and the charge was accepted by both Town and Lee.
Huddersfield Town have confirmed Lee will now be subject to internal disciplinary procedures.
Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens said: "“To lose Alan at this time, with three big fixtures coming up, is disappointing and avoidable. The incident at the end of the game was wholly unnecessary, as the game was over.”
Lee, who denied accusations from Alex Bruce's father and manager Steve Bruce of being a cheat, added: “I raised my arm to protect myself and get past Alex as we came towards each other and he moved across me in an attempt to block my run.
"There was no intent on my part, but I caught Alex and then he then reacted as a result.
“I am a whole-hearted, genuine player and I give my all every second I’m on the pitch. There has been some really harsh, personal criticism in the aftermath of the game, but I fully understand that I have to accept the FA’s perception of events.
“I would like to apologise to my teammates that I won’t be available for the next three games and I will look to put things right in the future.”