By Pranav Shahaney

15th Sep, 2021 | 2:05pm

Andrea Radrizzani: Struijk's FA decision inexplicable

Andrea Radrizzani finds it hard to understand FA’s rationale for not overturning Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk’s red card V Liverpool.

The 22-year-old was sent off on Sunday for a tackle that saw Harvey Elliott suffer a horrific ankle injury that eventually required an operation.

Leeds opted to appeal the card as they believed there was no malice behind it, but the FA upheld the suspension, which saw Radrizzani left fuming.

Via his personal Twitter account, he wrote, in response to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay’s tweet, Inexplicable! Even the unlucky Elliot said clearly it was not a foul.

“It is human to commit a mistake during the game but when we do have VAR and time to evaluate and make a rational decision, that’s very hard to accept.”


With modern technology and multiple cameras looking at every little thing on the pitch, it’s ridiculous that they have come to such a conclusion.

Surely, the fact that even Elliott felt it was unjust, suggests that it should have been overturned.

Usually, players are the first ones to ask the referee to book the opposition, so it’s refreshing to see this kind of response from him.

There needs to be a radical restructuring at the FA so that we have competent people are making decisions.

Time and again we’ve seen the wrong choices made which have dire consequences that result in clubs losing their top-flight status, managers getting sacked and players being unfairly criticised.

Hopefully, Struijk bounces back from this one and is assured that he wasn’t to blame for that horrific injury.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Made me sick’ – Michael Owen shocked by ‘Worrying’ Leeds incident v Liverpool