Leeds United have appealed the crimson card proven to younger defender Pascal Struijk throughout Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The 22-year-old was given his marching orders following a collision with Harvey Elliott which left the Liverpool midfielder with a dislocated ankle.
Referee Craig Pawson didn’t initially name a foul and as a substitute allowed play to proceed, solely to pause issues when he realised the severity of Elliott’s harm. VAR intervened and deemed Struijk’s problem to be worthy of a crimson card.
The choice has divided followers, with many suggesting Elliott’s harm made the deal with seem worse than it really was. Leeds share that viewpoint, as they’ve launched an enchantment to the Premier League to get the choice overturned.
As famous by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, Leeds disagree with the official’s verdict that Struijk’s problem was ‘critical foul play’ they usually hope to see his three-match ban rescinded.
For what it is value, Elliott himself has spoken out concerning the choice, insisting that his harm happened by dangerous luck and never due to any recklessness from the Leeds man.
“Wasn’t his fault in any way,” Elliott wrote on Instagram. “Neither was it a crimson card, only a freak accident however this stuff occur in soccer.”
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will probably be determined to have Struijk obtainable for Friday’s journey to Newcastle United as he finds himself coping with an harm disaster at centre-back. Robin Koch has been coping with an harm for some time now and he was joined on the therapy desk by Diego Llorente, who hobbled off half an hour into the Liverpool sport.
With Struijk suspended because it stands, Bielsa’s solely senior, obtainable centre-back is captain Liam Cooper, who could should be joined inside by right-back Luke Ayling if the Premier League stand agency on their choice.