Clattenburg raises PL incident Leeds can use to overturn ban

Mark Clattenburg claims in his column for the Daily Mail that Leeds United will likely appeal the red card shown to Pascal Struijk for his tackle on Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott.

Referee Craig Pawson issued Struijk a straight red on Sunday after consulting VAR Darren England, after initially letting play continue. The Dutchman slid in with an innocuous-looking challenge, but England endorsed a red card for the severity of the injury.

Clattenburg admits the situation was a tough call, but the PGMOL felt Struijk endangered Elliott with his tackle. Liverpool have since confirmed he will require surgery for a serious ankle injury that needed lengthy treatment on the field.

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Yet Clattenburg feels Leeds will appeal the red card and may be successful in overturning Struijk’s suspension, despite Elliott’s injury.

“Remember the foul by Heung-min Son on Andre Gomes, for which the Tottenham Hotspur striker was sent off? Spurs appealed that red card and won,” Clattenburg wrote. “Leeds are likewise bound to lodge an appeal after Struijk was dismissed for his challenge on Elliott on Sunday.

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“We haven’t seen all of the replays because of the severity of the injury to Elliott. From the angle we were shown in real-time, however, the challenge from Struijk didn’t look a bad one.”

Clattenburg added: “Years ago when I was with UEFA, we talked in-house about the Luke Shaw double leg break and how a corner was awarded after that incident. We discussed the best way to protect players and one way is to ensure that there are consequences for tackles which lead to serious injuries. As far as the PGMOL are concerned, Struijk endangered Elliott. But like Tottenham with Son, Leeds may well win their appeal.”

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Martin Atkinson initially showed Tottenham’s Son a yellow card for his foul on Gomes in November 2019 that left the Everton midfielder with a fracture dislocation of the left-ankle, but the VAR advised he upgraded it to a red. Gomes missed almost four-months before returning in the following February, but continued to lack fitness until the end of 2020.

Spurs, though, successfully appealed Son’s three-game ban under wrongful dismissal. Leeds will hope an independent regulatory commission reaches the same verdict with Struijk, if they appeal his suspension for injuring Liverpool’s Elliott, like Clattenburg expects.

The incidents were somewhat similar in Gomes sustaining an injury, despite Son appearing shocked at the outcome of his foul. While Elliott will now need surgery on his ankle, despite Pawson allowing play to continue after deeming Struijk won possession.

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