By Nick Ware

12th Sep, 2021 | 6:45pm

Phil Hay expects Leeds United appeal against Pascal Struijk red card v Liverpool

Phil Hay predicts Leeds United to launch an appeal against Pascal Struijk’s red card in the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Elland Road.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were well worth their three points on Sunday as Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane put the Whites to the sword in West Yorkshire.

The result was beyond doubt for the majority of the game, but there were conflicting opinions about the incident that left Harvey Elliott stricken and Struijk dismissed.

Hay, Leeds correspondent for The Athletic, delivered his verdict via his personal Twitter profile.

“On the replays, that doesn’t look like a red card at all,” Hay wrote.

“Struijk gets the ball and there’s a bit of a tangle in which Elliott injures his ankle.

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“Can see that being appealed. Hopefully, a less serious injury than everyone thinks.”

In a further tweet, he added: “Elliott had a very good game today. Horrible to see him carried off like that.”

A few are saying it…

Hay joins the likes of Gary Neville and Gary Lineker as highly-respected individuals in football that believe Struijk was harshly disciplined on Sunday.

First, it’s important to stress that no one is downplaying the injury suffered by Elliott as he looked to be in anguish after Struijk challenged him in the second half.

Liverpool players and staff, on the field and off it, immediately expressed their concerns for the teenager.

However, it didn’t appear as the referee was going to red card Struijk initially, but after a VAR check and as the severity of the incident became clear, the Whites defender was handed his marching orders.

TV stations like Sky Sports refused to show replays of the challenge, so those watching via that route may not be able to offer the best opinion, but the likes of Hay and Neville, who were present at Elland Road, have given their backing to Struijk.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Lineker delivers his verdict on this major Whites incident v Liverpool.