By Craig Scott

15th Sep, 2021 | 10:36am

Harvey Elliott reacts as Leeds United appeal for Pascal Struijk is rejected

Harvey Elliott has slammed the decision that saw Leeds United fail in their bid to overturn Pascal Struijk’s red card from Sunday.

Struijk, 22, was shown a straight red card after referee Craig Pawson realised that a rather innocuous challenge by the Leeds defender left Liverpool’s Elliott, 18, with a serious ankle injury.

Elliott has since had surgery and could be back before the season is over but Struijk will now miss three matches due to suspension.

Elliott, however, feels that was the incorrect call by the powers that be.

“Sorry about this Pascal. I think it’s wrong,” said Elliott in the comments section on an Instagram post by Sky Sports.

“But it’ll soon blow over brother and you’ll be back in no time smashing it again.

“Keep positive.”

Exemplary young man

We’ve got to our hats off to young Elliott here.

The exciting talent has just undergone surgery on a serious ankle injury that was caused by Struijk at the weekend.

He’d just broken into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team at Anfield but is still showing the utmost amount of class towards Struijk.

The Leeds defender must be feeling very low at the moment.

Social media can be an unforgiving place for a footballer, especially when something has happened against a top team like Liverpool.

Some teams have really toxic fanbases on Twitter and other platforms and there’s no doubt Struijk has had some abuse.

He’s also bound to be feeling bad for his challenge resulting in a serious injury for Elliott and that he’ll now miss the next three games, leaving Marcelo Bielsa with a serious selection headache in defence.

Diego Llorente and Robin Koch may be out against Newcastle on Friday, meaning Bielsa could have to move Luke Ayling to the centre-back role alongside Liam Cooper and play either Stuart Dallas or Jamie Shackleton at right-back.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared the anxious messages sent to Andrea Radrizzani ahead of what was tipped as a “disaster” at Elland Road.