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Leeds' appeal over Pascal Struijk's red card UNSUCCESSFUL

Leeds’ appeal over Pascal Struijk’s red card is REJECTED, despite Harvey Elliott insisting defender should NOT have been sent off for ‘freak accident’ that left him in agony… and now defender faces a three-match ban

  • Leeds have been unsuccessful in their appeal over Pascal Struijk’s red card
  • The defender was sent off for a challenge that dislocated Harvey Elliott’s ankle
  • Liverpool teenager had successful surgery on the injury earlier this week
  • Struijk will now miss matches against Newcastle, Fulham and West Ham

Pascal Struijk’s red card for his tackle on Harvey Elliott has been upheld, after Leeds’ appeal against the decision was unsuccessful.

The Liverpool midfielder was left with a dislocated ankle after the challenge and underwent surgery on Tuesday.

The incident took place in the second half of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Leeds at Elland Road. Struijk slid in from behind and hooked the ball away as Elliott was dribbling, but in doing so the Leeds man trapped the teenager’s ankle under his left leg. 

Pascal Struijk’s red card has been upheld after Leeds were unsuccessful in their appeal

Harvey Elliott dislocated his ankle in the challenge and underwent surgery on Tuesday

Play was initially not stopped for the tackle before it became clear how serious the injury was

A foul was not given, but play was quickly stopped as Mo Salah realised the severity of the situation and signalled for the physios to run on. 

Elliott took to Instagram and insisted Struijk was not to blame for his injury, and that the Leeds’ defender did not deserve to be sent off. 

The 18-year-old posted: ‘Wasn’t his fault what so ever!

‘Neither was it a red card just a freak accident but these things happen in football. I’ll be back stronger 100%. Thanks for all the support.’

The 18-year-old defended Struijk and insisted he was not to blame for the resulting injury

The three-game suspension means that Struijk will miss Leeds’ trip to Newcastle on Friday, the Carabao Cup tie at Fulham four days later and the home clash with West Ham the following Saturday.

Elliott had impressed for Klopp’s side this season before the injury, starting Liverpool’s last three Premier League matches and looked set for an extended run in the side. 

The club’s doctor Jim Moxon is hopeful the midfielder will return before the end of the season.  

He said: ‘We were able to reduce the dislocation immediately on the pitch and Harvey had surgery today to repair the fracture and ligaments damaged in the incident. The operation was a success so his comeback starts now.

‘We won’t put pressure on him by setting a specific timeframe beyond being able to say with confidence we expect him to feature again later in the season following our rehab programme.’  

Elliott had enjoyed a bright start to the season and started his side’s last three league matches




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