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Leeds United hit by big blow ahead of Newcastle United match – FA turn down appeal

6 days ago
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The FA have turned down the Pascal Struijk appeal, Leeds United hit by a big blow ahead of Newcastle United match.

Pascal Struijk had only been on the pitch for 27 minutes when sent off on Sunday.

A horrific injury for Harvey Elliott but looking to be a bit of a freak accident with the tackle not one that would usually see a red card produced.

The sending off seemingly more to do with how bad the injury looked, rather than how bad the tackle did.

Also, a lot of confusion on Sunday afternoon as to who had pushed for the sending off, the referee on the pitch or the VAR officials, or somebody else…

However, The Athletic now report that their information is that The FA came to their final decision on Tuesday night with regard to the appeal, with their information being that referee Craig Pawson told the FA that the decision to issue the red card was his own.

Pawson claiming this, despite the fact he failed to give a foul when the incident first happened. With the role of VAR having been then supposedly to check the incident / decision and finding no clear or obvious error, rather than VAR having been the ones to first flag up whether it should / could be a red card.

Pascal Struijk will now serve a three match ban after losing the appeal, starting on Friday night at Newcastle United.

Leeds were already without centre-back Robin Koch for that Liverpool match and then Pascal Struijk came on the pitch in the 33rd minute when Diego Llorente was forced off with a new injury.

The net result is that now it looks as though Leeds will be missing all three of these central defenders at St James Park.

Luke Ayling appears the most likely to fill in, moving across from right-back.

Harvey Elliott had absolved Pascal Struijk of any blame after the event, saying it was simply an accident.

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