Leeds United have been unsuccessful in their appeal against Pascal Struijk’s red card.
According to a report by The Athletic, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had their appeal against the centre-back’s three-game suspension rejected.
The 22-year-old was sent off for a challenge on Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott in the Whites’ 3-0 loss to the Reds last weekend, with the Reds’ star suffering a dislocated ankle as a result of Struijk’s tackle.
The report continued to state that the referee in the fixture, Craig Pawson, informed the FA that the decision to send the defender off was his call, rather than that of VAR, despite having not originally awarded a free-kick for the challenge.
Finally, it is claimed that VAR did review the incident, but decided that Pawson had not made a clear and obvious error in giving the Leeds player his marching orders.
Considering the fact that Elliott himself labelled his injury as an “accident” as well as stating his belief that the FA’s decision to uphold the centre-back’s three-game ban was “wrong,” the fact that the defender will now miss the club’s Premier League fixtures against Newcastle United and West Ham United, as well as their Carabao Cup clash against Fulham, is sure to have left both Marcelo Bielsa and fans of the club fuming.
Indeed, Struijk’s absence will cause something of a selection headache for the Argentine coach, with injuries to both Robin Koch and Diego Llorente leaving the 66-year-old with only Liam Cooper as an experienced option in the centre of his defence for the trip to Newcastle on Friday.
Meanwhile, fans of the club are also sure to be furious – quite rightly – with the decision to uphold the 22-year-old’s ban, as not only was Elliott’s injury a freak accident, but the unavailability of the defender for the club’s upcoming clash will undoubtedly reduce their side’s chances of picking up a decent result for the long away trip to the North East this week.