'Bampots!' Ally McCoist agrees with Liverpool's Harvey Elliott after Pascal Struijk Leeds blow

By Kieran King

Ally McCoist has labelled the FA as 'bampots' following the decision to uphold Pascal Struijk's three-match ban for his tackle on Harvey Elliott.

The 22-year-old was sent off after his challenge on Elliott, which subsequently left the Liverpool man with a broken ankle and he had to leave Elland Road on a stretcher.

Leeds decided to formally appeal the red card on Tuesday but the FA have chosen to stick with the initial call, with Struijk now set to miss the next three matches.

Elliott has explained how that is the wrong decision in a classy message to Struijk today, and McCoist agrees denying the appeal is a mistake.

"No, I'm not really [surprised]. it just shows you they (the FA) are bampots," the ex-Rangers striker told talkSPORT. "They had the chance to absolve the boy (Struijk) of any blame and that poor boy's challenge and they haven't done it.

"That guy will now spend the rest of his career thinking he was responsible in some way shape or form for causing that injury to Harvey Elliott.

"It's scandalous, I'm bewildered with some of the decisions they make. Anybody with any intelligence can look at that tackle, see it is a horrific injury and spot that there was no malice at all. It wasn't a red card."

Meanwhile, former England player Trevor Sinclair was also bemused with the FA for upholding the red card shown to the centre-back.

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: "For me, I've looked at it several times, the referee played on initially until the reaction from Mohamed Salah. He was horrified by his young teammates' injury and that he dislocated his ankle.

"VAR have looked at it and they've substantiated that it's a red but they've all got it wrong. At worst, it is a foul. But I think it was a genuine, successful attempt to win the ball cleanly. Pascal's trailing leg caught Harvey Elliott and that caused the damage.

"It was accidental, it was a good, clean tackle and it was unfortunate. It's a contact sport and for me, the fact they've thrown this out and turned down the appeal; I think they've got it wrong."

Struijk is set to sit out of Leeds' crucial trip to Newcastle United on Friday night, leaving Marcelo Bielsa with a major defensive selection dilemma.

Robin Koch has missed the last four weeks due to a pelvic problem and Diego Llorente limped off in the defeat against Liverpool, with Liam Cooper as their only senior centre-back.


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