By Paddy Kenny

17th Sep, 2021 | 4:14pm

Pundit makes 'fuming' Radrizzani claim after 'unfair' Leeds development pre-Newcastle

Paddy Kenny has insisted Leeds defender Pascal Struijk’s challenge on Harvey Elliott wasn’t a foul.

The former Whites goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, echoed the comments of Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Radrizzani took to Twitter to express his disappointment at the FA’s decision to uphold Struijk’s three-match ban, calling it ‘unfair’.

In another Tweet, the Italian said the ‘inexplicable’ decision was ‘hard to accept’.

Struijk, 22, was dismissed following a challenge that left Liverpool midfielder Elliott with a dislocated ankle.

The decision was screened by VAR but no clear and obvious error was found with Craig Pawson’s decision.

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Leeds’ appeal was dismissed on Wednesday (September 15th), meaning the Dutch star will miss league games against Newcastle and West Ham, as well as the cup tie against Fulham.

Kenny insisted the FA’s decision was wrong but hoped promising midfielder Elliott would return from injury “better and stronger”.

“I really like that from Radrizzani,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“I hope Elliott recovers well, it’s a horrible injury for such a young player and I’m sure he will come back better and stronger.”

“But it’s never a red card, is it?

“I can see why the owner has taken to Twitter to vent his disgust.

“I don’t even think it’s a foul, they’ve just given it because of the injury – which isn’t right.

“I would be fuming if I was Radrizzani, too.”

Leeds went on to lose 3-0 at home against Liverpool after the innocuous incident to continue their struggles at the start of this term.

Struijk joins Diego Llorente on the sidelines for tonight’s clash with Newcastle, after Marcelo Bielsa confirmed the Spaniard was suffering with a hamstring injury.

In other news, pundit tips this Leeds star to fill in for the missing duo against Newcastle.