Leeds tipped to 'definitely' win Struijk red card appeal after BBC update - pundit
Gabby Agbonlahor has backed Leeds United to be successful in their appeal to overturn Pascal Struijk’s red card against Liverpool.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker insisted Harvey Elliott’s claim that he knew it was an accident means Leeds should win their appeal.
Struijk was dismissed at Elland Road for his challenge on Elliott that saw the Liverpool man stretchered off with his season potentially finished.
The 18-year-old took to Instagram to reply to a post from 433 saying he “never felt it was a red card”.
BBC journalist Adam Pope reported today (September 14) the Whites have submitted an appeal against Struijk’s dismissal and three-game ban.
Asked whether he thought the defender deserved to be sent off, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No, not for me.
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“It wasn’t really a dangerous challenge. Sometimes you can have accidents and they are dangerous challenges that lead to horror injuries. This was not a dangerous tackle.
“He’s a big lad, Struijk. If it was a smaller player with smaller legs it probably would not have had the impact that he did. He’s a big unit of a defender.
“It was just an accident. You could tell by his reaction, you could tell by the reaction of the Liverpool players. They did not go over there and start pushing him.
“I’d appeal it. It’s a harsh red card, he didn’t mean to do it.
“Harvey Elliott even came out and said he didn’t mean it so yes, definitely, it should be rescinded.”