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Leeds chief Kinnear mocks Liverpool 'ref' Klopp after Struijk appeal rejected

Leeds United chief exec Angus Kinnear has hit out at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after Pascal Struijk's red card appeal was rejected.

United appealed Craig Pawson's red card, which was brandished after Klopp's intervention on the field, but saw it rejected by an independent panel. Struijk was sent off in the aftermath of Harvey Elliott's dislocated ankle.

“I believe we made a compelling case a tackle that was not even viewed as a foul by any of the officials, the opposing players, and a crowd of 37,000 could retrospectively be deemed a dismissal on the strength of an assessment of the seriousness of the injury," Kinnear writes in today's match programme.

“One of the panel of three agreed there is an inherent risk to the welfare of a player in every challenge and therefore the tackle was not serious foul play.

“Conversely, the remaining two delegates did not agree.

“They argued it was an obvious refereeing error and may have inadvertently set a precedent any serious injuries that occur during physical contact must be met with disciplinary action.

“Following the panel's decision we were left with no other recourse than to humbly request to the Premier League opposing head coaches are not selected to officiate any more of our games for the remainder of this season."


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