Pascal Struijk will be suspended for three games after Leeds United’s appeal against his red card was upheld.
The centre-back was sent off at Elland Road this weekend for a foul on Harvey Elliott, and it’s fair to say the challenge has divided opinion.
Struijk’s foul wasn’t a horror challenge. In fact, if it weren’t for the injury it inflicted on Elliott, it could even be described as a good tackle.
However, the fact is that the challenge did leave Elliott with a dislocated ankle, and the FA seemingly believe that is enough to justify a red card for the defender.
Harvey Elliott himself has expressed is frustration with that decision, and now Andrea Radrizzani has taken to Twitter to give his view.
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Inexplicable! Even the unlucky Elliot said clearly it was not a foul. It is human to commit a mistake during the game but when we do have VAR and time to evaluate and make a rational decision, that s very hard to accept.
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) September 15, 2021
Radrizzani clearly isn’t happy with this decision, and to be honest, we can understand why.
An injury doesn’t always constitute a bad foul, and as Radrizzani says, Elliott was simply unlucky here.
We’ve seen leg-breaking challenges where a player has gone in two-footed and out of control, but that wasn’t the case here, Struijk went for the ball and unfortunately, the Liverpool ace was caught in the crossfire.
Craig Pawson, the VAR and the FA have now all agreed with the decision to send Struijk off, but it seems as though a number of figures in the wider footballing world simply can’t get their heads around it.