David Luiz has found an ally in former Chelsea teammate John Terry after being sent off the pitch for the third time in his career at Arsenal.
The defender received his marching orders at halftime for tripping Willian Jose when the Gunners slipped a 1-0 lead over the Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
That decision proved costly as Luiz was not only sent off but also conceded a penalty that Ruben Neves converted before Joao Moutinho scored the winner early in the second half.
Although former Premier League center-back Peter Walton admitted the Arsenal center-back didn’t want to tarnish Jose, he explained why the red card decision was the right one.
“Intent doesn’t come into law because you can’t read what a player thinks,” Walton said of BT Sport. “So, you’re passing by his actions, and his actions there were pretty negligent.
“To make the player fall, he doesn’t try the ball – that’s the most important thing – if he tried the ball it would be a yellow card plus a penalty.
“But because he made no attempt on the ball and the ball is not within play, it becomes a red card and Craig Pawson has no opportunity to get a yellow.
“It has to be a red card and a penalty.
“If I can only add, I think this is the third time David Luiz has been sent off for a similar offense. So you’re saying the players should learn and understand, maybe too.”
This rule is something the former Chelsea captain disagrees and made his feelings clear through a long post on Instagram.
“Never a red card!” he wrote in response to a user’s comment. “Double the risk.
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“Anyone who has ever played the game can see that David never tries to play the ball !!!
“He’s actually pulling out of the challenge.
“What a penalty means, but not a red card. You obviously don’t play and you check the rules yourself.”