Leeds appeal rejected for Pascal Struijk red card

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Leeds United will be without defender Pascal Struijk for three games after their appeal against his red card in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool was rejected.

Struijk was dismissed for a second-half tackle which left Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott with a dislocated ankle, despite referee Craig Pawson initially failing to penalise the challenge.

Elliott used Instagram to defend Struijk afterwards, describing his injury as an “accident”, with the 22-year-old also apologising for any harm caused.

“We can confirm that our appeal against Pascal Struijk’s red card has been unsuccessful,” read an official statement on the club’s website.

“Pascal will miss our next three games against Newcastle United, Fulham (Carabao Cup) and West Ham United.

“We will make no further comment at this time.”

Leeds are already light in defence after losing Robin Koch and Diego Llorente, with Struijk’s absence leaving Liam Cooper as the only (available) experienced option.

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