LEEDS United boss Neil Warnock says football is "going soft" after describing Luke Varney's red card against Millwall as "harsh".
Varney was dismissed in the 48th minute of the Lions' dramatic 1-0 win at The Den after elbowing Tottenham loanee Adam Smith in the face.
But Warnock told Sky Sports: "I thought it was harsh. He's put his arms up, I know he has, but he's not gone in with his elbow like referee Mark Halsey says he has.
"He elbows him below the chin but the kid's gone down like he's been poleaxed in his head. We felt we had a clear penalty as well but you don't get those decisions sometimes and I can't fault the lads.
"It was difficult with 11 men but with ten we still pushed the best we could. We left three up front and had a go. I had no complaints with effort today.
"I'm disappointed with an experienced ref. In the first-half he played an advantage but never went back and booked him (Josh Wright).
"It is difficult. I enjoyed it and I thought we played well. At half-time with 11 men we felt we had a great chance to go on and win the game.
"But to have it taken away like that – the game's getting soft. That's not a proper sending-off. I don't know what the game is coming to."