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Ally McCoist reacts to Pascal Struijk red card decision

Ally McCoist has told talkSPORT that it is a shocking decision to not overturn the red card shown to Leeds defender Pascal Struijk in their defeat to Liverpool.

Struijk will miss the Whites’ next three games. It comes after the Football Association opted to not overrule Craig Pawson’s decision to send him off.

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Of course, Pawson showed him red after Harvey Elliott was left with a horrific ankle injury.

However, Elliott himself insisted that it should not have been a red card. And he has since reiterated that Struijk should not have been dismissed.

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And McCoist has echoed Elliott’s thoughts. The pundit insisted that there is no way that Struijk’s red card should have stood.

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“They had a chance to absolve that boy of any blame,” he told talkSPORT. “And they’ve not done it. So that guy will now spend the rest of his career thinking he was responsible in some way shape or form for that injury to Harvey Elliott.

“Anyone with any level of intelligence can look at that tackle, see it was a horrific injury, but there was no malice in the challenge at all.

“It’s a shocking decision.”

Leeds facing tough spell as Struijk loses appeal against red card

Struijk was only brought on after Diego Llorente sustained a first-half injury against the Reds.

And with Robin Koch already sidelined, Marcelo Bielsa is now facing a tricky spell.

The smart money would suggest that Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper will start at the heart of the defence when they meet Newcastle on Friday.

Ayling has shown that he is comfortable in that role at the highest level. He was excellent with Struijk for a spell midway through last season.

However, the right-back has not made the best start to the season. And it does appear that plenty of fans would, reluctantly, not have Cooper in the starting lineup if everyone was fit.

The pair now have a golden opportunity to silence their doubters with Struijk joining Llorente and Koch on the sidelines for the time-being.

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