Wilfried Zaha is challenging his FA charge for improper conduct as the Crystal Palace winger bids to avoid a further ban for sarcastically applauding referee Andre Marriner.
Zaha was sent off at Southampton last week as he was booked for clashing with James Ward-Prowse then shown a second yellow for clapping towards Marriner.
That earned him a one-match ban, which Zaha served by missing Palace’s Premier League game against Fulham at Selhurst Park on Saturday, but he faces further punishment.
Zaha continued to applaud Marriner after being shown red at St Mary’s Stadium and English football’s governing body charged him for his behaviour.
He had until 6pm on Tuesday to respond and Palace insiders say he has contested the charge as he wants the chance to explain his actions to the FA.
The Eagles face West Ham at Selhurst Park in the Premier League this Saturday.
Zaha apologised after last week’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, saying: ‘All I can do is apologise to the team and the fans for my red card because I could have cost us.’