Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa wants an explanation about the three-match suspension that his player Pascal Struijk received after the red card in the game with Liverpool last weekend. The Dutch defender was sent off after his opponent Harvey Elliott was badly injured in an action by him.
The referee only seemed to give a red card after it became clear how badly Elliott was injured. According to Bielsa, there was no premeditation involved. “I often see similar violations in the field and they have no consequences at all, so we would like to know where we stand.” Elliott, the victim, also indicated that there was no question of intent.
Leeds appealed the three-game suspension in vain. Elliott left the field on a stretcher and went straight to the hospital. He underwent surgery on an ankle in London on Tuesday and is expected to return to action next year. The referee had initially left Struijk’s violation unpunished, but after the intervention of the VAR, he drew red.
Liverpool defeated Leeds 3-0.