By Adefunmiloye Alani

16th Sep, 2021 | 5:10pm

Gabriel Agbonlahor: Struijk should have had his red card rescinded

Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk will serve a three-match ban after the FA rejected his appeal following the red card on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was sent off following a tackle that left Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliot needing surgery on his broken ankle, but replays showed that he never intended to injure the youngster.

Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has leapt to the defence of Struijk, insisting the FA should have rescinded the red card.

He said on talkSPORT (as shared on their official Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon): “They have got a chance there, haven’t they? Except they appeal. You’re not banned, the red card has gone but they just held on to it.

“I don’t understand. Horrible injury but he didn’t mean it. You could tell by his reaction and the Liverpool players’ reactions.

“When you do a horrific injury, the players would know, the players start pushing him. They were not pushing him, they were still talking to him, telling him it was an accident, so you could tell by their reaction that he didn’t mean it.

“No red card, and he should play the next game.”

Spot on

Agbonlahor is not a fan of anything Leeds, but the Villa hero could not help but say it as it is on this occasion.

Not one pundit has agreed with the FA’s decision, and Elliott himself has slammed the outcome of the disciplinary hearing.

They had a chance to absolve the Whites centre-back of any blame but have failed to by their actions, and they ought to be doing better.

The decision is unfair, and Struijk and Leeds have been left hurt by it.

Apart from the fact that he will be unavailable against Newcastle United, Fulham and West Ham United, thereby giving Marcelo Bielsa some serious selection headache, convincing the youngster that he did nothing wrong could prove difficult.

Mistakes happen in contact sports, and the FA should be in a better position to know that.

Unfortunately, they have concluded that he intentionally endangered Elliott through their irrational decision, and there is nothing anybody can do about it.

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