IAN Holloway leapt to the defence of Ryan Fredericks after the Tottenham right back was booked for diving.
Fredericks went to ground after being knocked off balance inside the area during the 86th minute of Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town at Huish Park.
Referee Andy Woolmer deemed that the Spurs loanee had tried to con him into awarding a penalty, and brandished a yellow card.
But Holloway said: "I'm gutted for Ryan and I think the referee got that wrong.
"If that was Ashley Cole, that would not have been a booking – it might have even been a penalty, I'm not sure. If you watch it carefully, I think he was brought down.
"I'm not bemoaning the referee because he's got to make a snap decision, but don't call him a cheat by giving him a yellow card.
"Ryan is a fresh, young, English kid, who runs like the wind and is still learning how to play the game – and he certainly isn't a cheat and he didn't dive.
"If you don't give a penalty, that's fine, say that there wasn't enough contact, but don't book him. The ref got that totally and utterly wrong."