Leeds United’s appeal over Pascal Struijk’s red card against Liverpool has been rejected by The FA, with Harvey Elliott hitting out at the decision.
Struijk’s tackle on Elliott led to the Reds youngster dislocating his ankle and being taken to hospital, eventually having surgery on the problem.
Struijk was dealt a straight red card, although after the match Elliott accepted the Leeds man’s apology and insisted he wasn’t at fault for his injury and shouldn’t have been sent off.
Leeds appealed the decision, but it has been upheld by The FA, meaning Struijk will now serve a three-match ban.
With the appeal having being unsuccessful, Strujik will now be suspended for Leeds’ game at Newcastle on Friday, the Carabao Cup tie at Fulham four days later and the home clash with West Ham the following Saturday.
But Elliott has against commented on the situation, insisting the decision to uphold Strujik’s ban is ‘wrong’.
“Sorry about this Pascal,” he posted on Instagram.
“I think it’s wrong! But it’ll soon blow over brother and you’ll be back in no time smashing it again. Keep positive.”
Liverpool confirmed Elliott underwent successful surgery on his ankle injury on Tuesday, and will soon start his road to recovery. It’s even suggested he could return to action before the end of the season.
Elliott said he was ‘devastated’ to have suffered the injury after a bright start to the season having broken through into Jurgen Klopp’s first team.
But it appears there are no hard feelings from him towards the Leeds defender, having insisting Struijk was not to blame for the ‘freak accident’.
“Wasn’t his fault whatsoever,” the 18-year-old wrote in an Instagram post after the match.
“Neither was it a red card, just a freak accident, but these things happen in football. I’ll be back stronger 100 per cent. Thanks for all the support.”
Struijk himself sent his best wishes to Elliott in a post on Instagram following the game on Sunday, and admitted he was ‘gutted’.
He said: “In today’s game something happened that I would never wish on anyone.
“Harvey Elliott, my thoughts are with you. I’m gutted and never meant for this to happen. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on the pitch soon.”
The decision to uphold the ban has not gone down well with Leeds supporters, especially following Elliott’s comments.
And it has not gone down well with Rangers legend and talkSPORT host Ally McCoist, either, who branded the FA ‘barmpots’.
“Sadly I’m not surprised, it just shows you… barmpots!
“They had a chance to absolve the boy of any blame for Harvey Elliott’s injury, and they’ve not done it.
“So now that guy will spend the rest of his career thinking he’s responsible in some way shape or form for that injury to Harvey Elliott.
“It’s scandalous. It’s just bewilderment over some of the decisions these people make.
“Anybody with any intelligence can look at that tackle, see it was a horrific injury but that there was no malice in the challenge at all, none whatsoever.
“It was never a red card, it was just an unfortunate footballing incident, simple as.
“It’s a shocking decision!”
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