By Craig Scott

15th Sep, 2021 | 1:40pm

Gary Lineker reacts as Harvey Elliott speaks out about ban for Leeds United ace Pascal Struijk

Gary Lineker has hailed Harvey Elliott after the Liverpool teen slammed the FA for upholding a three-match ban for Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk.

The 22-year-old was sent off on Sunday after unfortunately causing Elliott, 18, to suffer a horrific ankle injury as Leeds lost to Liverpool.

Leeds’ appeal against the ban was rejected, prompting Elliott to take to Instagram to say that decision was “wrong“.

Match of the Day host Lineker has since weighed in, praising Elliott for the way he’s conducted himself when all this has been going on.

“Very magnanimous and right. Well played, Harvey,” said Lineker via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday.

Class act

The way Elliott has handled himself and looked out for Struijk in all of this should be commended a lot.

Struijk was unfairly targetted by trolls on social media after his challenge caused Elliott to suffer a horrific injury.

He didn’t mean to do it. It was an accident and, unfortunately, accidents happen.

It could have happened to every single player on that pitch.

Struijk’s red card wasn’t called for either. We can see why referee Craig Pawson did that because the result of his challenge shows that it endangered an opponent.

However, the fact that Struijk won the ball, he didn’t make that much contact with Elliott and Pawson let play go on without awarding a foul suggests that there was a massive contradiction in the decision-making.

Struijk shouldn’t be banned and we wish Elliott all the best in his recovery.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been tipped to make a renewed bid for this central midfielder whose contract is winding down.