Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear was not shy in taking aim at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in the club’s latest matchday programme, as the fallout to Harvey Elliott’s serious injury rumbles on.
Reds dealt blow
The name of midfielder Elliott has of course taken centre stage in the English media over the last couple of weeks.
Unfortunately for both Liverpool and the 18-year-old, though, this has come for all the wrong reasons.
Jurgen Klopp and co. made the trip to Elland Road for a Premier League showdown with Leeds a fortnight ago, eyeing a spot alongside Manchester United and Chelsea at the Premier League’s summit.
And, when all was said and done in West Yorkshire, this is precisely what the Reds managed, courtesy of a fully deserved 3-0 win.
“He joins the club in the Premier League!”
Mohamed Salah’s 100th Premier League goal puts Liverpool in front against Leeds!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 12, 2021
Putting a major damper on an otherwise fine day’s work for Liverpool, however, was a serious injury picked up by the aforementioned Elliott.
After what appeared on first viewing as a fairly innocuous challenge on the part of Leeds’ Pascal Struijk in the middle of the park, it quickly became clear that Elliott had come out the worse.
In turn, following a lengthy stoppage in play, the midfield talent was stretchered from the pitch, amid deep concern on the part of players, fans and coaching staff alike.
It was subsequently confirmed that Elliott suffered a dislocated ankle at Elland Road, forcing the 18-year-old under the knife:
Harvey Elliott has been released from Leeds General Infirmary and has returned home. He will require surgery on his left ankle in the coming days. Operation likely to be on Tuesday. #LFC https://t.co/WeHKm9MGdr
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 12, 2021
As outlined above, though, the fallout stemming from Elliott’s injury did not end there.
Leeds, owing to the clear lack of intent in Struijk’s challenge, swiftly launched an appeal to the Premier League, in an attempt to have the defender’s 3-match ban overturned.
But the efforts of the Whites were eventually rebuffed, with Struijk, as a result, having been forced to sit out his side’s last three fixtures.
And, if the latest comments on the part of Leeds’ chief executive are anything to go by, then, evidently, at least some element of hard feelings remains.
Taking to the column section of the club’s latest matchday programme ahead of their meeting with West Ham United, Peacocks board member Angus Kinnear made clear his feelings that Jurgen Klopp played a central role in the initial decision for Struijk to be given his marching orders two weeks ago.
‘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.’
‘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.’
The jibe in question came in his conclusion, though, with the Leeds chief having added:
‘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.’
— Leeds United Live (@liveleedsunited) September 25, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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