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MARK CLATTENBURG: Pascal Struijk’s challenge to Harvey Elliott was not a bad tackle

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MARK CLATTENBURG: Pascal Struijk’s challenge to Harvey Elliott wasn’t a bad tackle – the referee didn’t even foul

  • Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott suffered a horrific ankle injury on Saturday
  • It happened after a strong challenge from Leeds defender Pascal Struijk











Think of Heung-min Son’s foul on Andre Gomes, for which the Tottenham Hotspur striker was sent off. Spurs appealed that red card and won.

Leeds United are also obliged to appeal after Pascal Struijk was sacked on Sunday for his challenge to Harvey Elliott.

We didn’t see all the replays due to the severity of Elliott’s injury. However, from the angle we were shown in real time, Struijk’s challenge didn’t look bad.

Pascal Struijk leaves the match after receiving a red card for a challenge on Harvey Elliott

Referee Craig Pawson didn’t even blow for a foul. As far as he is concerned, Struijk won the ball reasonably well. But VAR Darren England assessed the incident and because the injury was so bad, the officials responded with a red for Struijk.

It’s a tough one. Years ago, when I was at UEFA, we talked internally about Luke Shaw’s double leg fracture and how a corner was awarded after that incident. We discussed the best way to protect players and one way is to make sure there are consequences for tackles that lead to serious injuries.

As for the PGMOL, Struijk endangered Elliott. But like Tottenham with Son, Leeds could well win their appeal.

Liverpool's Harvey Elliott (above) suffered a horrific injury in a challenge with Pascal Struijk

Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott (above) suffered a horrific injury in a challenge with Pascal Struijk

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