Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has weighed in with the club’s stance on the failed appeal to overturn Pascal Struijk’s red card.
As Leeds gear up for a trip to the North East this Friday to face Newcastle United, the fallout of the defeat to Liverpool is still at the forefront of the news.
The horrible injury to Harvey Elliott is the main discussion, with the player having undergone successful surgery on a dislocated ankle.
The challenge in question came from Pascal Struijk, as the 22-year-old halted Elliott’s progress with a good sliding tackle to hook the ball away.
The unfortunate circumstances of both players’ momentum led to the injury and Struijk was bafflingly sent off by Craig Pawson, who waved play-on initially.
Unsurprisingly, Leeds looked to appeal the decision, but we’re unsuccessful in their attempts with the FA upholding the three match ban.
As the news broke, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani didn’t hold back in his thoughts on the matter:
Radrizzani sums it up very well here.
What makes this verdict so bad is that not only was it waved as no foul, but Elliott has come out and stated more than once that it wasn’t a red card.
On top of that, this decision has gone through two independent reviewers in VAR and then the FA’s appeals panel, to which neither have deemed the nonsensical three-match ban the incorrect decision.
I’m glad Radrizzani has been vocal in such poor instances of officiating, rather than sitting tight and allowing these things to go ahead without criticism.
Oh well, for all the discontent and clear debate around the verdict, Leeds will face Newcastle with one fit centre-back.