EFE SODJE'S plea of innocence received support from Bury manager Andy Preece.
"It was just a reaction thing," said Preece. "You see it all the time and free-kicks aren't even given.
"If a player of mine had been sent off for that I would be very disappointed. It looked a bit harsh."
Sodje protested about the decision and had to be led from the field by manager Peter Jackson.
"I just let the ball go and next thing I was getting a red card - I still don't know why," said Sodje.
"Even the Bury players were saying it wasn't a sending-off and if they can say that, the ref should know what he is doing.
"I know the manager is upset and I accept my share of the blame for us losing the game, but I really don't think I should have gone.
"It's awful now because I'm going to miss three games and I don't even want to miss one.
"I've come here to play games and help the team do well and it's really disappointing."