Leeds appeal Pascal Struijk’s red card for his challenge on Harvey Elliott after the Liverpool teen star insisted he was not to blame for horror ankle injury
- Leeds have have appealed Pascal Struijk’s red card against Liverpool
- The defender was sent off for a challenge on Reds midfielder Harvey Elliott
- The tackle from Struijk led to Elliott suffering a horror ankle dislocation
- But Elliott insisted the centre back was not to blame for his injury
Leeds have appealed Pascal Struijk’s red card for his challenge on Harvey Elliott, which saw the Liverpool midfielder dislocate his ankle.
Struijk was sent off by referee Craig Pawson after VAR intervention, with Elliott in extreme pain following the horror injury.
The 18-year-old needed lengthy on-field treatment and was carried off on a stretcher but Pawson had initially let play continue.
Leeds have appealed Pascal Struijk’s red card for his challenge on Harvey Elliott
The Liverpool midfielder dislocated his ankle as a result of the challenge from the defender
Struijk faces a three-match ban if the red card is upheld but if the Yorkshire club are successful he will be available for Friday’s trip to Newcastle.
The Belgian took to social media to insist he had meant no harm to the teenager, who also defended the centre back.
Struijk said on Instagram: ‘In today’s game something happened that I would never wish on anyone.
‘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 on the pitch soon.’
Elliott then responded with his own post: ‘Wasn’t his fault whatsoever!
Elliott defended the Leeds centre back on Instagram and said he should not have been sent off
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Elliott will have surgery in London today
‘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.’
Jurgen Klopp has also confirmed Elliott will undergo surgery in London today.
He said: ‘I spoke to him the night after the game and he was in the best possible place.
‘He’d already accepted he’d be out for a while and today he is in London and will have the surgery today. That’s obviously the next step on the way back. We wait for the news and that’s it.’
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker also spoke about the reaction of the squad to Elliott’s injury, saying: ‘What happened with Harvey made me sad.
‘It’s difficult to deal with that when you’re on the pitch. All the players have a big role to support him, we need to do our best in this time.’
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville, who was on co-commentary duties for the game, did not believe Struijk should have been sent off.
Jamie Redknapp (left) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (right) felt Struijk’s sending-off was unfair
‘The most important thing is the boy but I’m not sure it’s a red card,’ Neville said at the time.
‘We’re watching it up here but we can’t show it. The red card is a result of the injury rather than the tackle. It’s not a good one. Players who saw it originally have walked away in shock. Jurgen Klopp is furious.’
Back in the studio, pundits Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink agreed that the challenge was not worthy of a red.
‘I feel personally it’s an innocuous challenge,’ Redknapp said.
‘Does he mean to hurt him? No, of course he doesn’t. I feel sorry for Struijk. I wish him a speedy recovery. I would ask, if he hadn’t broken his ankle, would he have sent him off? I don’t think so.
‘Sometimes you can get out the way of challenges, sometimes you can’t. Sometimes accidents happen. It’s a contact sport. I think he’s made an honest attempt to get the ball. It’s one of those horrible moments.’
Hasselbaink added: ‘I’m with Jamie. I don’t think he’s trying to hurt the player, he’s going for the ball. I find it really difficult to give an answer. We don’t want to see people getting hurt, no matter who it is, or getting bad injuries. But we want to see fair tackles, and initially it was a fair tackle.
‘It’s a very difficult one. We’ve seen more dangerous tackles and nothing happens. I thought it was an innocent tackle – it’s tough to take. I really hope he comes back stronger. Virgil van Dijk is the kind of character (to support Elliott). He will help him through that difficult period.’