Good Morning. It's Wednesday 15th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds appeal Struijk's red card
Leeds United have launched an appeal against Palcal Struijk's straight red card he received last weekend. An independent regulatory commission at the FA will review the incident and decide whether the defender exhibited serious foul play in his tackle on Elliott. Many pundits and ex-referees agree that it was not a sending off offence, just an unfortunate accident. Elliott himself has forgiven Struijk on social media and said it was just an accident. In the unlikely event that the panel consider that there was no justification for the appeal, they can increase Struijk's ban to four games.
Have Leeds defied Bielsa by appeal
Following the 3-0 home defeat by Liverpool on Sunday, Bielsa made his feelings very clear regarding Struijk's early bath. Speaking at his post match press conference, the Argentine was quoted as saying...
For me, the referee decides, he has enough resources to make the decision. I don't know why the decision was not immediate and it was after. I never like to condition the decisions the referee makes.
Everything out of Bielsa's mouth strongly indicates that there will be no appeal against the red card, yet the club have submitted the paperwork anyway! Will Bielsa feel that the club have gone over his head?
Radrizzani put his head on the block bringing Bielsa to ER
In his latest podcast Phil Hay has revealed that Chairman Andrea Radrizzani was inundated with messages of concern about bringing Bielsa to Elland Road after it was leaked that the Argentine could be on his way to LS11 three years ago. According to Hay...
It was funny because when he first started getting wind of it, somebody from ESPN got in touch with me and said, 'I’ve heard Leeds are looking quite closely at him and are very interested in him.' He sort of said it as a bit of a kicker, ‘I could see that being an absolute disaster’. And that kind of related to the fact that Bielsa developed a reputation for being extremely volatile.
Everybody had this image of a bit of a madman who was difficult to please and could leave a club at a drop of a hat like he did at Marseille and Lazio, where he didn’t even make it through the door. There were a lot of people who were messaging Radrizzani when it became clear that Leeds were going to do this to say to him, ‘look, is this the right decision, is this a bit of a risk? I’m not sure you should be doing this’. Orta had to say to him, ‘just hold your nerve, if something goes wrong you can sack me if this goes wrong but I will stick my head out and I will take the chance with this because I think it can be sensational’.”