During their Euro 2012 qualifying match England's Wayne Rooney violently kicked at Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic, subsequently earning himself a red-card and a three-game international ban.
The England Football Association has since appealed the suspensions in hopes of reducing the suspension to lesser games. All notwithstanding the 32-year-old Dzudovic says he'll speak in his attacker's defense, ESPN reports.
"I will speak for Rooney if he appeals against his ban," Dzudovic told the Daily Mirror. "I don't think it was fair (the punishment). He just was not thinking in that moment. He realized immediately what he had done and he apologized to me."