Mark Clattenburg: Leeds may win appeal for Pascal Struijk red v Liverpool
Leeds defender Pascal Struijk was sent off against Liverpool on Sunday for his tackle on Harvey Elliott during the league game at Elland Road.
The hosts suffered a 3-0 defeat, but they had to play the final 30 minutes without the Dutch centre-back.
Struijk, 22, was shown his marching orders after a VAR review for a tackle that had Elliot stretchered off after dislocating his ankle.
The Leeds defender is set to miss the next three games as a result, but former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg insists the club can win an appeal as the player clearly had no malicious intentions.
He wrote in his Daily Mail column: “Remember the foul by Heung-min Son on Andre Gomes, for which the Tottenham Hotspur striker was sent off. Spurs appealed that red card and won.
“Leeds United are likewise bound to lodge an appeal after Pascal Struijk was dismissed for his challenge on Harvey Elliott on Sunday.
“We haven’t seen all of the replays because of the severity of the injury to Elliott. From the angle we were shown in real time, however, the challenge from Struijk didn’t look a bad one.
“As far as the PGMOL are concerned, Struijk endangered Elliott. But like Tottenham with Son, Leeds may well win their appeal.”
Tackles like that are unavoidable in football, but Struijk clearly had no intentions of hurting the Liverpool midfielder.
It remains to be seen what Leeds plan to do, but they need to appeal the dismissal.
Having it overturned is a possibility, and the Dutchman will be relieved if that happens as it helps prove his innocence.
At the moment, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are thin at the back ahead of Friday’s trip to Newcastle United, and they need to make up their mind quickly about their plans to appeal Struijk’s red card or not.
Given the intensity with which they play, the Whites are often likely to commit such tackles that could look malicious with the follow-through effects, but that is not likely to change anytime soon.
Leeds are without a Premier League win so far in the new campaign, and they will be aiming to leave St. James’ Park with all three points.
They are likely to play the game without Struijk as a reply for an appeal could take time, and Bielsa could have a selection headache to deal with.
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