Bolton Wanderers star Stuart Holden has jumped to the defence of suspended Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan.

The USA international, who is out injured with a broken leg caused by a tackle by Manchester United's Jonny Evans back on March 19, feels that the 10-macth sanction imposed on Mullan is far too hefty.

Mullan broke the leg of Seattle Sounders winger Steve Zakuani in two places last Friday with a very rash challenge and Holden feels that it was very out of character by his former Houston Dynamo teammate.

"Brian is a great player who plays very hard, but he's not a dirty player," Holden said.

"I know that he never intended to cause the injury and that he feels bad about the whole situation."

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