Danny Mills has insisted the PGMOL were “looking after their own” with their decision to uphold Leeds defender Pascal Struijk’s three-match ban.
The former Whites defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the horror injury to Harvey Elliott could change the way Struijk plays.
Leeds confirmed on Wednesday (September 15th) that the Dutch defender will miss three games after an appeal against Craig Pawson’s on-field decision was unsuccessful.
Struijk was dismissed in the 60th minute against Liverpool last Sunday, after a tackle which resulted in an ankle fracture for youngster Elliott.
Leeds were forced into an unorthodox change for last night’s draw against Newcastle, drafting Luke Ayling into the heart of the defence in place of absentees Struijk and Diego Llorente.
Mills claimed the incident “was never a red in a million years”, but suggested the ex-Ajax man could feel “guilty” over Elliot’s injury.
“It could change the way he plays, but obviously everybody will have different levels of empathy or guilt,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“The fact that it was a complete accident means he may feel bad, but these things can happen in football.
“It wasn’t a bad foul, never a red card in a million years.
“VAR and the PGMOL have fudged it again to make it out to be something it wasn’t.
“They’re looking after their own with this decision to uphold his ban, and not going against a referee.
“The referee gave the red card based on the outcome, and games cannot be refereed like that.
“He didn’t even give a foul originally, so what did he see in order to give a red?”
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