By Nick Ware

14th Sep, 2021 | 12:29pm

Phil Hay: Leeds United set to launch appeal against Pascal Struijk ban

Leeds United are set to launch an appeal against Pascal Strujk’s three-game suspension picked up on Sunday against Liverpool, according to The Athletic.

Phil Hay, Leeds correspondent for the online news outlet, claims the Whites are set to fight the 22-year-old’s ban after Harvey Elliott suffered a serious injury at Elland Road in Liverpool’s 3-0 win.

Hay wrote: “The Athletic understands that Leeds plan to submit paperwork to the Football Association this afternoon in the hope of overturning the three-match ban Struijk is facing.”

Right call?

Elliott has since taken to Instagram to absolve Struijk of any blame in the incident that left him stretchered off the Elland Road turf on the weekend.

The 18-year-old was taken to hospital after he was left seriously injured following a challenge from the Whites defender.

The referee did not appear to be overly concerned with Struijk’s challenge but once the seriousness of the event became clear, and following consultation with the VAR, the Leeds man was handed a straight red card for his involvement.

The Athletic claim his tackle was deemed to be “serious foul play” due to the intensity of the challenge and endangerment to Elliott, and that warrants a three-game ban which would rule Struijk out of Leeds matches until October.

If Leeds do lodge a formal appeal then they will likely hear the verdict within the next few days as they prepare for a trip to face Newcastle United on Friday night.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Robinson predicts this Whites player is set for a season on the sidelines after an Elland Road development.