Chester FC boss Jon McCarthy has launched a staunch defence of Luke George after his skipper was banned by the FA for six matches following a violent conduct charge.
The Blues skipper, 24, will be out of action until the home game against North Ferriby United on November 29 after being found guilty of an alleged biting incident during the first game of this season, a 3-0 loss at Gateshead .
McCarthy has been left bitterly disappointed by the FA's ruling.
He said: "I've been an employee of the FA and worked under them for some time and done all their badges and respect them completely and I think any referee that has visited here will tell you that.
"They were really wrong in this situation. I have a player who didn't commit the offence and has been a victim of an accusation that went out on social media, which I know the FA don't approve of. I just feel like the FA did not treat us with the regard they should have had."
Chester appealed the decision and the ban was reduced from eight games to six, with the club not required to pay costs. There was no video evidence of the incident.
McCarthy added: "I don't know if it is because we are a smaller club, but the process they went through was wrong, they admitted that, they got it all wrong.
"They reduced the ban, we didn't have any costs and they were clearly admitting that they didn't get this right and I have to now cope with losing a player for six games."
The Blues boss said of his skipper: "In all the time I have worked with him, I have never had one incident with him, not one answer back. Not one incident on the training pitch with another player.
"Luke George is the outstanding leader in this team."
McCarthy insisted that there was no ill feeling between Chester and Gateshead, adding: "This incident is solely a player accusing another player of something.
" There is no issue with the managers and the manager of the other football club (Neil Aspin) didn't even back this complaint.
"I feel like our player has been really wronged. If you were a member of that committee and your son had been accused of what Luke George had been accused of then you would be very angry and very disappointed with the evidence.
"If you were a member of that FA panel you would be fuming with the decision that had been given against your son.
"I will continue to abide by all the FA's rules and regulations but in this instance they were wrong."