Pascal Struijk will serve a three-match ban after Leeds United were unsuccessful in his appeal against the red card shown following a tackle that left Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott with a dislocated ankle.
Dutch defender Struijk was sent off Sunday in the second half of Leeds’ 3-0 Premier League defeat after 18-year-old Elliott suffered a nasty injury.
Elliott tried to lead Liverpool on the break, but Struijk stopped the move, lunging forward and catching the ball.
While the tackle initially appeared to be clean, with referee Craig Pawson not conceding a single foul, Elliott could be seen quickly grabbing his left ankle after his left tangled awkwardly with Struijk’s.
Neighbor Mohamed Salah desperately introduced medical personnel onto the pitch before the game was stopped, the Egyptian then backed away and walked away apparently in shock.
Teenager Elliott required extensive medical attention before being taken away on a stretcher and then taken to the hospital.
Elliott later acknowledged in an Instagram comment that the injury was a “freak accident” and the tackle didn’t deserve a red card, while Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani suggested that even a yellow card would be tough for Struijk.
However, Leeds confirmed on Wednesday that his appeal was unsuccessful, meaning Struijk will miss Premier League clashes with Newcastle United and West Ham on either side of an EFL Cup match against Fulham.