Simon Jordan has hit out at Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott for ‘creating an issue’ with his reaction to Leeds United confirming that Pascal Struijk’s red card appeal has been unsuccessful, as he told talkSPORT (15/09/21 at 10:40 am).
The Liverpool player posted on Sky Sports Instagram page that he feels ‘sorry’ for his Leeds counterpart and that it was the ‘wrong’ call from the powers that be.
Leeds United confirmed on their official website on Wednesday morning that Struijk’s red card appeal against Liverpool has been ‘unsuccessful’.
Liverpool teenager Elliott was involved in an unfortunate situation on Sunday against Leeds when Struijk’s challenge resulted in him breaking his ankle.
Initially, play continued, but Mohamed Salah instantly realised what had happened to his teammate, before play was stopped for Elliott to receive attention and then the Leeds man was shown a straight red.
Judging by the on-field referee’s initial reaction, he was seemingly playing on, but it seemed as though the extent of Elliott’s injury forced him to make such a call.
This is what Jordan had to say about Elliott’s reaction after it was announced that Struijk’s appeal had been rejected.
“Why don’t we just let the players make the rules up,” said Jordan. “The players don’t get to make the rules.
“He’s creating an opinion. He is creating an issue. He has said to everybody that he absolves the player from the responsibility of an injury. He is now criticising the sanction.
“So, his view is that the sanction is too strident. Hang on a second. Who determines what the sanction should be? The bleedin’ players!?
“When we are talking about the judgement that he made about whether he wants to proportion blame, if he wants to pile into what this player did to him. He is absolutely right to have a view on that.
“But when we are talking about the sanction, you have to respect the authority, in the same way, you respect the authority of a policeman. He doesn’t because he is questioning it – what is it you respect?”
Struijk will now serve a three-match man, starting with Leeds’ away clash at Newcastle on Friday night.
It will be a slight issue for Leeds because of how they have started the season and the fact that Marcelo Bielsa has a thin squad to deal with as it is.
Bielsa doesn’t like working with a large group of players, so any suspensions and injuries do hurt the Whites more than others.
Either way, by the time Struijk does return to action, he will be hoping his teammates have put some much-needed wins on the board.