I was stamped on but shouldn't have reacted accepts wideman
The midfielder was dismissed after reacting to a challenge from Henri Lansbury in the first-half at the City Ground and will now miss the games against Peterborough, Bolton and Leeds.
“I have to take full responsibility for the way I reacted. It shouldn’t have happened,” a clearly dejected Lee told the Club website.
“The lad has come in on me and stamped on me while I’m on the floor. I pushed my arm out against him. It wasn’t malicious; it was ‘get off me’ that sort of thing. It was heat of the moment stuff.
“He made the most of it, which is disappointing but like I said, I shouldn’t have reacted like I did.
“I’m gutted about it and apologised to the lads in the dressing-room. I’ve got to sit out three games now when every game is crucial and that’s obviously a sickener.”
Lee was also disappointed that he wasn’t awarded a penalty after a foul by Lansbury on him appeared to be inside the box.
Referee David Webb gave a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area but the Blue countered: “The first contact was outside but then the play carried on and they brought me down inside the box. It was a penalty.”
Richard Stearman will also miss the game at Peterborough after being sent-off at the City Ground for two bookings.