By Alex McLeish

16th Sep, 2021 | 9:00pm

McLeish: Leeds need an 'explanation' after 'mentally damaging' Struijk news

The FA’s decision not to overturn Pascal Struikj’s red card against Liverpool could be “mentally damaging” for the Leeds United defender.

So says ex-Premier League manager Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Leeds’ 3-0 defeat at Elland Road on 12 September.

Struijk’s challenge on Harvey Elliott in the second half resulted in the Liverpool youngster dislocating his ankle and the Dutchman’s dismissal.

Struijk will now serve a three-match ban after the authorities ruled that referee Craig Pawson’s decision was appropriate.

But McLeish claims the incident did not warrant a red card and Leeds may feel the FA owe them an explanation for their failure to overturn the ban.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It has divided people but I think that’s wrong to punish the player.

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“It was an accident, a coming together. Would you even label it robust? It was more about the way the kid fell.

“But the powers that be have upheld it and said it’s a red card. It seeems like it’s for the seriousness of the injury rather than the challenge itself.

“It was not a violent tackle. So I think it’s a shame. I hope that the young Liverpool player will make a speedy recovery because he is a fantastic player.

“It was not a savage tackle. Leeds would probably like an explanation from authorities about the decision.

“It will hurt the mentality of the other player, Struijk. That might be mentally damaging for him and for Leeds.

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