The match between Liverpool and Leeds United in the Premier League on Monday night at Elland Road will be officiated by the same official who controversially sent Leeds United off
After sending United’s Pascal Struijk to the stands in the corresponding match at Elland Road in September 2021, Craig Pawson will take charge of the game between the Whites and Reds 19 months later.
Harvey Elliott of Liverpool suffered a dislocated ankle after being caught by the trailing leg of Struijk, who had won the ball with his challenge. As a result of this unfortunate incident, Struijk was dismissed from the game.
Play initially continued, but Pawson eventually made a comeback and gave Struijk a straight red, resulting in a three-match suspension for the Leeds defender. The FA denied Leeds’ appeal after they challenged the red card.
Following the incident, Struijk apologized for an accident that he had never intended to occur on his Instagram page. Elliott continued by claiming that the defender wasn’t at fault and shouldn’t have been dismissed.
Elliott wrote on Instagram as follows: “It wasn’t at all his fault. It wasn’t even a red card; it was just a freak accident, but in football, these things do happen. I’ll return even better this time. I appreciate all of your help.”
At Elland Road, Pawson will have Richard West and Marc Perry as his assistants, with Graham Scott serving as the fourth official. Sian Massey-Ellis is assisting Tony Harrington on the VAR.