By Jack Cunningham

15th Sep, 2021 | 8:10pm

Trevor Sinclair discusses FA's decision on Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk

Trevor Sinclair believes that the FA should have overturned the red card for Leeds United man Pascal Struijk.

The 22-year-old received a red card for his tackle on Harvey Elliott on Sunday, which left the Liverpool man needing surgery.

However, the Liverpool teenager even admitted himself that Struijk shouldn’t have been sent off [BBC]. Still, the FA disagreed and decided to uphold the ban, which leaves the Whites in a poor position for their game against Newcastle United on Friday.

Sinclair said on talkSPORT: “I’ve looked at it several times; I think the referee played on initially until the reaction from Mo Salah.

“Craig Pawson was then spoken to by Andy Madley, the fourth official; he then said it was a red card. VAR looked at it, they substantiated that, and for me, they’ve all got it wrong.

“At worst it was a foul, but I think it was a genuine, successful attempt to win the ball cleanly.

“It was a good tackle, a clean tackle.

“I think for me the fact they’ve thrown this out and said that ‘no you can’t appeal’. I think they’ve got it wrong.”

Sinclair bang on the money.

You cannot send a player off because his tackle leads to an injury – it sets a dangerous precedent.

The tackle by Struijk was clean, but his trailing leg was the one that caused the damage, and the red card was beyond harsh.

However, given that they have had time to reflect and realise that Struijk shouldn’t have been sent off makes it even worse that they have decided to reject the Whites’ appeal.

Surely, common sense should have prevailed, and Struijk’s ban should have been cancelled.

Instead, the Whites head to St James’ Park desperately looking for their first league win of the season without Struijk and potentially Robin Koch and Diego Llorente.

So, there could be some problems in defence that Marcelo Bielsa will have to solve, and we can’t believe that Struijk’s ban has been upheld.

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