Arsenal appeal David Luiz’s red card against Wolves
February 3, 2021Updated 1:24 PM GMT
Referee was unduly harsh on Arsenal
Arsenal will appeal the red card shown to David Luiz in their match against Wolves on Tuesday night.
Luiz was shown a straight red card in first-half added time for a last-man foul on Willian Jose.
Ruben Neves converted the subsequent penalty and Arsenal went on to lose the match 2-1, with Bernd Leno also being shown a red card in the 72nd minute.
Luiz fouled Willian Jose by clipping his heels in the penalty box as the striker bore down on the Arsenal goal.
Referee Craig Pawson sent Luiz off, judging that he had made no attempt to play the ball which meant ‘double jeopardy’ was not in play.
What was the reaction?
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “The game changed completely. I’ve seen it 10 times over in different angles and standing here I cannot tell you where the contact is.”
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg agreed with the penalty award but took issue with Luiz’s punishment. He wrote in the Daily Mail: “Luiz was genuinely trying to get back on terms with Jose and it was an accidental foul.
“This type of incident is accepted as a penalty and yellow card. Referee Craig Pawson and VAR Jon Moss got it wrong.”
What games does he stand to miss?
Luiz’s one-game ban, if upheld, will see him miss Arsenal’s crucial clash with Aston Villa on February 6.
The 33-year-old has been a regular in Arteta’s side lately, starting the last five Premier League matches — in which Arsenal only conceded one goal when Luiz was on the pitch.
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