Leeds United confirm Pascal Struijk red card appeal decision after Harvey Elliott incident vs Liverpool

By Jake Bayliss

Leeds United have confirmed that they have appealed Pascal Struijk’s red card from Liverpool’s 3-0 win on Sunday.

Struijk’s challenge resulted in Harvey Elliott being stretchered off with a dislocated ankle, after the defender came from behind to attempt the tackle.

The Leeds defender was shown a straight red card by referee Craig Pawson, after consultation with his fellow officials, having not initially awarded a foul.

It has now been reported that the Yorkshire side have submitted their appeal against Struijk’s three-match ban.

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Elliott was taken to hospital following the incident and has since been discharged, with Liverpool confirming he is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday.

However, the 18-year-old took to social media on Monday to show his support for the Dutch defender, amid debate over the recklessness of the tackle.

"Wasn't his fault what so ever!", he said, replying to Struijk’s own Instagram post.

"Neither was it a red card just a freak accident but these things happen in football."

Struijk, who had come on as a substitute for the injured Diego Llorente during the game, posted his own message after the match on Sunday.

"In today's game something happened that I would never wish on anyone," the 22-year-old wrote.

"Harvey Elliott, my thoughts are with you. I'm gutted and never meant for this to happen. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back soon on the pitch."

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