Bielsa asks FA for guidance as to why it upheld Struijk's red card

Marcelo Bielsa asks FA for guidance as to why it upheld Pascal Struijk’s red card despite injured Liverpool star Harvey Elliott insisting the Leeds man should NOT have been sent off

  • Leeds’ Pascal Struijk was sent off on Sunday for a challenge on Harvey Elliott
  • Elliott suffered a fracture dislocation of his ankle but has defender Struijk
  • The FA upheld Struijk’s red card and he will now be banned for three matches
  • Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has called for the FA to explain why 

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has called on the Football Association for guidance on why it upheld Pascal Struijk’s dismissal in last Sunday’s home defeat by Liverpool.

Struijk was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Harvey Elliott, which left the Liverpool teenager with a fracture dislocation of his left ankle.

Leeds lost their appeal against Struijk’s three-game ban, while many observers, including Elliott himself, felt the defender’s tackle did not warrant a red card and that the injury had been a freak occurrence.

Pascal Struijk dislocates Harvey Elliott’s ankle with a strong challenge last Sunday

Struijk was shown a straight red card for the challenge despite appearing to win the ball

Elliott posted on Instagram after reading the news that Struijk’s ban had been upheld: ‘Sorry to hear about this Pascal. I think it’s wrong! But it’ll blow over brother and you’ll be back in no time smashing it again. Keep positive.’ 

And speaking in his press conference on Thursday, Bielsa said: ‘The majority of the plays that are similar to this one don’t generate the consequences this one generated. That’s why the injured player admits there was no bad intention.

The Liverpool teenager defended Struijk on Instagram and offered the Leeds man his support

‘I understand those that judge and decide have different arguments to the ones I’ve spoken about, and the ones the injured player has spoken about, and their arguments are the ones that decide the outcome.

‘It’s good that it’s this way. What would be useful is to receive information which gave an explanation how to avoid these casual things from generating an injury.’ 

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