Leeds United have appealed the purple card proven to younger defender Pascal Struijk throughout Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The 22-year-old obtained his marching orders after a collision with Harvey Elliott who left Liverpool midfielder with a displaced ankle.
Referee Craig Pawson didn’t initially name a foul and as a substitute let the recreation proceed, solely to pause issues when he realized the severity of Elliott’s damage. VAR intervened and thought of Struijk a problem to host a purple card.
The choice has divided followers, with many suggesting that Elliott’s damage made the sort out appear worse than it really was. Leeds share that view, as they’ve launched an attraction to the Premier League to have the choice overturned.
As famous by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, Leeds don’t agree with the official’s ruling that Struijk’s problem was a “seriously unpleasant game” and so they hope that his ban on three matches might be lifted.
For what it is value, Elliott himself has commented on the choice, insisting that his damage was triggered by unhealthy luck and never on account of the ruthlessness of the Leeds man.
“Was not his fault at all,” Elliott wrote on Instagram. “It was not a red card either, just an accident but these things happen in football.”
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa might be eager to have Struijk out there for Friday’s journey to Newcastle United when he encounters a midfield damage disaster. Robin Koch has been coping with an damage for some time now and he was joined on the therapy desk by Diego Llorente, who jumped off half an hour into the Liverpool match.
With Struijk suspended because it is, Bielsa’s solely senior, out there center-back is captain Liam Cooper, who might have to be joined by right-back Luke Ayling if the Premier League sticks to its choice.