Struijuk red card appeal rejected by the FA

Struijuk red card appeal rejected by the FA

Leeds United appeal against Pascal Struijk's red card has been rejected by the English FA.

Struijk was sent off by referee Craig Pawson after a challenge on Harvey Elliott with the Liverpool youngster suffering a dislocated ankle in the process.

The Leeds player now faces a three-match ban if the red card is upheld but if the Yorkshire club are successful he will be available for Friday's trip to Newcastle.

The Belgian took to social media to insist he had meant no harm to the teenager, who also defended the centre back.

"In today's game, something happened that I would never wish on anyone. Harvey Elliott, my thoughts are with you. I'm gutted and never meant for this to happen. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on the pitch soon," Struijk said on Instagram.

Elliot responded: "Wasn't his fault whatsoever! Neither was it a red card just a freak accident but these things happen in football. I'll be back stronger 100%. Thanks for all the support."

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