Gabby Agbonlahor has stated that he ‘just doesn’t understand’ why Pascal Struijk’s red card for Leeds United against Liverpool has stood, as he told talkSPORT (15/09/21 at 9:45 am).
On Wednesday morning, Leeds United confirmed on their official website that their appeal against Struijk’s red card against Liverpool has been ‘unsuccessful’.
This is a harsh call on the Leeds man and one that will now mean he will miss his side’s next three matches.
There was no aggressive intention to Struijk’s actions, but the powers that be think that he deserved to be punished.
But ex-Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor pointed out that, after the Elliott incident, Liam Cooper made a similar tackle on Sadio Mane, with not a single individual questioning that piece of action.
“There was one straight after, wasn’t there,” said Agbonlahor. “Cooper on Mane.
“They had a chance now. Accept the appeal, you are not banned now and the red card has gone.
“But, they just held onto it. I just don’t understand. He didn’t mean it. You can tell by his reaction. You can tell by the Liverpool players reaction.
“When there is a horrific injury, the players run over to the player and start pushing him. They were sort of talking to him like ‘we can understand this was an accident’. You can tell by their reaction, he didn’t mean it.”
Even Harvey Elliott himself has come out and given his reaction to the red card appeal being upheld.
The Liverpool teenager has stated on Sky Sports’ Instagram page that he is ‘sorry’ he will still be banned and he thinks the call is ‘wrong’.
One thing is for sure, when the initial tackle was made, the Liverpool players, the bench and the on-field referee didn’t react like a serious challenge had just been made.
In actual fact, the referee played on, only for Mohamed Salah to stop play as soon as he realised what happened to his teammate.