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Leeds: Phil Hay comments on Pascal Struijk appeal

Leeds: Phil Hay comments on Pascal Struijk appeal -Leeds United News

Leeds United have officially appealed Pascal Struijk’s red card against Liverpool, following his controversial sending off at the weekend.

The Lowdown: Stuijk involved in sad incident

The Whites may have lost 3-0 to the Reds on Sunday afternoon as Marcelo Bielsa’s side suffered a disappointing day at the office, but Harvey Elliott’s injury was the main talking point from the game.

The Liverpool youngster suffered a dislocated ankle after a challenge from Struijk in the second half and the Leeds defender received his marching orders from referee Craig Pawson.

The Latest: Hay confirms appeal

According to The Athletic‘s Hay on Twitter, Leeds have appealed the decision, hopefully leading to Struijk’s suspension being wiped out:

“Leeds have confirmed that an appeal has now been submitted.”

The Verdict: Big impact

What happened to Elliott was sad to see, given his potential as a young and upcoming player, but there was no malice in Struijk’s tackle.

Granted, there is an argument to say that it was endangering an opponent, but a red card seemed harsh and reactionary,with the referee clearly feeling the need to take action once he had seen the consequences of the tackle.

It was a decision that is sure to divide opinion, but Struijk can think himself unlucky if the appeal isn’t successful. And, following Diego Llorente’s injury, this decision could have a massive impact on the next couple of weeks of the season for Bielsa and co.

In other news, Hay has also provided a double injury update. Read more here.

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