Leeds United’s appeal over Pascal Struijk’s red card to Liverpool was dismissed by the FA, with Harvey Elliott hitting the decision.
Struijk’s tackle on Elliott resulted in the Reds youngster dislocating his ankle and being taken to hospital, eventually having surgery on the problem.
Struijk received a red card, although after the game Elliott accepted the Leeds man’s apology and insisted he was not responsible for his injury and should not have been sent off.
Leeds appealed the decision, but it was upheld by the FA meaning Struijk will now serve a three-match suspension.
The appeal having failed, Strujik will now be suspended for Leeds’ game at Newcastle on Friday, the Carabao Cup draw at Fulham four days later and the home clash with West Ham on the following Saturday.
But Elliott did not comment on the situation, insisting the decision to uphold Strujik’s ban is “wrong.”
“Sorry about this Pascal,” he posted on Instagram.
“I think it’s wrong! But it’ll explode soon brother and you’ll be back in no time smashing it again. Stay positive. “
Liverpool have confirmed that Elliott underwent successful surgery on his ankle injury on Tuesday and will soon start on his path to recovery. It is even suggested that he could return to action before the end of the season.
Elliott said he was “devastated” to have suffered the injury after a brilliant start to the season after breaking through to Jurgen Klopp’s first team.
But it appears he has no hard feelings on his part towards the Leeds defender, having insisted that Struijk was not to blame for the “freak accident”.
“It wasn’t his fault at all,” the 18-year-old wrote in an Instagram post after the game.
“It wasn’t a red card either, just a freak accident, but these things happen in football. I will come back 100% stronger. Thank you for all the support.
Struijk himself sent his best wishes to Elliott in an Instagram post after Sunday’s game, and admitted he was “gutted”.
He said: “In today’s game something happened that I don’t wish on anyone.
“Harvey Elliott, my thoughts are with you. I’m disgusted and never wanted this to happen. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back in the field soon.
The decision to maintain the ban has not been well received by Leeds supporters, especially following Elliott’s comments.
And it didn’t go well with Ranger legend and talkSPORT host Ally McCoist, who called the FA the “barmpots”.
“Unfortunately, I’m not surprised, it just shows you… barmpots!”
“They were lucky enough to absolve the boy of all blame for Harvey Elliott’s injury, and they didn’t.
“So now this guy is going to spend the rest of his career thinking he’s somehow responsible for Harvey Elliott’s injury.
“It’s outrageous. It’s just the bewilderment over some of the decisions these people make.
“Anyone with any intelligence can watch this tackle, see it was a horrible injury but there was no malice in the challenge, none at all.
“It was never a red card, it was just an unfortunate football incident, as simple as that.
“It’s a shocking decision!
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