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By ESPN Staff

Pennant hopes for Rafa penance

Jermaine Pennant admits he will have to learn from the painful experience of the first sending-off in his career and hopes Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez will not hold it against him. The winger was dismissed in the second half of Liverpool's 1-1 Champions League draw away to Porto on Tuesday night after being shown two yellow cards. Pennant finally saw red when he fouled Raul Meireles near the corner flag, and the former Arsenal and Birmingham winger accused the Porto man of 'making meal of things'. Pennant said: 'I am sure the manager will not hold it against me, it is the first red card of my senior career, the only other time I have been sent off was in an under-18 international friendly. 'I hope the boss will not hold it against my name, my disciplinary record is not that bad.' Pennant was dismissed after a second bad tackle, but he maintains the incident would not have been more than a goal kick to the defending side in the English league, and not even a free-kick. He said: 'It would not have been a booking in England, and after I went off it was agony watching the rest of the game on TV in the dressing room. 'The referees are harsher in Europe, and I was baffled by him (Lubos Michel) all night. 'I definitely have to learn from the fact that their are differences between referees in Europe and in the Premier League. 'In Europe you obviously must stay on your feet, but even now I do not think it was the right decision to send me off. 'I did not touch the player and it was not even a serious foul. He made a real meal of it. 'The whistling from the crowd made the referee's mind up for him. It made it easier for him really.'