Leeds Fail In Struijk Red Card Appeal

The Elland Road team found out today they had been unsuccessful in their appeal against the red card that left Harvey Elliott with a dislocated ankle.
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As reported by Phil Hay at The Athletic yesterday, Leeds United had submitted an appeal on Tuesday against Pascal Struijk's red card received during the Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

Today however the Yorkshire club have been notified that the decision will be upheld meaning that Struijk will now face a three match ban for the tackle that left Harvey Elliott facing a long spell on the side-lines.

Pascal Struijk

Struijk walking off after receiving a red card from referee Craig Pawson for a foul on Harvey Elliott

Struijk, who was on as a substitute for the injured Diego Llorente was given his marching orders in the 60th minute in a game the Reds went on to win 3-0.

The Dutch defender was trying to retrieve the ball as Elliott threatened on the counter attack. His sliding tackle however left Liverpool's 18 year old prone on the floor and Mohamed Salah urgently gesturing for medical assistance.

Harvey Elliott

Harvey Elliott had forced himself into Jurgen Klopp's starting XI before dislocating his ankle at Elland Road on Sunday

Struijk took to Instagram on Sunday evening to explain his regret at what had occurred.

This afternoon, Elliott posted a message of his own on Instagram in response to Sky Sports announcing the decision that Leeds had lost the appeal.

Leeds now have a crisis at centre back ahead of their match at Newcastle on Friday evening. They were already likely to be missing the injured Llorente and Robin Koch but face a further problem with Struijk now ruled out.

The views of most pundits and players has been unanimous that there was no malicious intent in the tackle. Ex referee Dermot Gallacher explained however it would have been difficult for Craig Pawson to not hand out a red card.

Liverpool confirmed on Tuesday evening that Elliott had undergone successful ankle surgery in London. It is not clear how long he will be out but it is expected that he will make his return this season.