By Mark Smith

14th Sep, 2021 | 6:10pm

Harvey Elliott admission unlikely to help Leeds appeal for Pascal Struijk

Leeds United have been in the headlines all week after the horror injury picked up by Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott.

The young talent dislocated his ankle after an unfortunate tangle with Pascal Struijk, which saw him eventually red-carded.

Elliott has since admitted that it was an accident and not worthy of the punishment, with the Whites since appealing the decision.

Fans have been looking for answers already this afternoon, with one even questioning Graham Smyth on whether Elliott’s admission could help the Whites’ cause.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported suggested it probably wouldn’t.

“I highly doubt it,” he said.

“It will come down to interpretation of the law. Opposition players can plead with refs not to send your player off but it makes no odds.”


If the player himself is saying that there was no intent in the challenge, surely that is how the PGMOL will see it.

Where this becomes difficult is that the same organisation released a statement defending the decision of Craig Pawson after the game, so it may be difficult to change their minds.

If Leeds could submit this admission with their appeal, they likely could have, it could certainly help their cause.

Anyone can tell watching that the intent was never there, and the foul was never initially given, so common sense has to be applied.

We should get an answer in the next 48 hours ahead of the trip to Newcastle on Friday evening, and hopefully, it is a positive result.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Yes’ – Phil Hay shares major update on Pascal Struijk appeal ahead of Whites v Newcastle